Council Tax Benefit will be replaced by a new local scheme known as Local Council Tax Reduction from 1 April 2013.
This local scheme is being introduced following the government's decision to abolish the national Council Tax Benefit scheme. Councils have to devise their own local scheme and be responsible for financing part of it, as government reduces its funding.
Our scheme has been developed following public consultation in which participants preferred to protect support for those who are on low incomes. The scheme will operate broadly in the same way as Council Tax Benefit and no one will be subject to losses of benefit as a result of the scheme change.
The results of the public consultation were detailed in a report which can be viewed from here. You can read a copy of the full scheme here.
If you are currently claiming Council Tax Benefit you do not need to do anything your details have been automatically transferred to the new scheme. You must continue to keep the council informed of any changes that may affect your entitlement.
Council Tax Reduction can help you pay your Council Tax Bill if you are on a low income. The level of support that can be provided is up to 100% of your Council Tax liability depending on your circumstances.
To be entitled to Council Tax Reduction you must satisfy three basic conditions;
You must be liable to pay Council Tax;
You must live in the property for which you are liable to pay Council Tax;
You must be on a low income and have less than £16,000 in savings, capital or investments
Council Tax Reduction is means tested; the amount you receive will be calculated based on the following;
Money you and your partner have coming in, including earnings, benefits, tax credits, and pensions.
You and your partner’s capital, savings and investments.
Your circumstances, such as your age, the number of people in your household and the ages of your children; whether you or any of your household are disabled.
You can use our Benefit calculator to get an estimate of how much Benefit you may be entitled to.
For further information - please refer to our Will you qualify? leaflet and our Entitlement Guides – see Related Information.