Housing Benefit and Council Tax Support
Council Tax Support
Council tax benefit was abolished in April 2013 and a new local scheme was introduced known as Council Tax Support.
We adopted a Council Tax Support scheme following an initial consultation prior to the commencement of the scheme in April 2013 and a subsequent consultation was carried out in 2016.
The Council Tax Support scheme continues to align with the Housing Benefit scheme and the percentage reduction of support remains at 12% for claimants of working age. See changes below for 2016/2017. For more information download a full copy of our current Council Tax Support Scheme 2017/2018 or previous scheme 2016/2017 or contact 01200 425111.
Council Tax Support is comparable to Council Tax Benefit scheme but there are some slight differences which are listed below:
Working Age Customers
Our Council Tax Support scheme calculates entitlement in the same way as the previous Council Tax Benefit scheme with a 12% reduction applied for all claimants of working age.
No family premium will be awarded where an application for support is received on or after 1 April 2017 for new claims.
The scheme introduces a maximum limit for backdating Council Tax Support claims up to 1 month.
From April 2017 the dependant’s additions will be limited to a maximum of two. This will only affect households who have a third or subsequent child on or after 1 April 2017.There will be exceptions please contact the Council for further advice regarding this matter on 01200 414200.
Severe Disability Premium
If another person is paid Carers Allowance to look after a Council Tax Support claimant, then the Severe Disability Premium is not included when working out their needs (applicable amounts). The reason for this is that it avoids paying for the same care twice.
Employment Support Allowance
No work-related activity component will be awarded where the claimant or partner makes a new claim for Employment and Support Allowance on or after 1 April 2017.
Absence from Great Britain.
Council tax support will only be granted for a period of up to four weeks if a claimant is temporarily absent from their home. There are exceptions for certain occupations including the armed forces and mariners.
Pensioner Age Customers
The old Council Tax Benefit scheme has been almost retained within our local support scheme and we have continued to protect pensioner, as prescribed by Central Government.