The Local Goverment Association (LGA) recently announced proposals to offer council tax discounts for ‘community heroes’.
This is ‘Specifically targeted at those who demonstrate a long-term commitment to improving life in their local area, the scheme follows calls from the LGA for Government to fully fund council tax support to protect discounts for those on low incomes.’
LGA chair Cllr David Sparks said:
‘A community contribution discount would not only recognise the fantastic work volunteers do, but could help save the public purse many millions more than it costs. It can help raise the profile of volunteering and encourage a new generation of volunteers to step up.
How would this work? Is it practical? Who decides who is eligible, and who isn’t? What is a ‘long-term commitment’? Are volunteers motivated by financial rewards? Let us know your thoughts below.