Council Tax Support
How is Your Entitlement to Council Tax Support Worked Out?
The council tax benefit scheme was abolished by the Government in April 2013 and all councils have had to replace it with their own local council tax support scheme. The new scheme started on April 1, 2013. The Council is required to finalise their scheme each year by 31st January.
The Government has stated that under the new local council tax support schemes, there can be no changes for pensioner claimants. However, non-pensioner claimants may have to pay more council tax.
If you are unsure about your entitlement to housing benefit or council tax support please try our calculator below.:
If you then wish to make a claim, please go to the How to Claim Benefit page which has further information.
Review of Entitlement
Brentwood Council conducts regular reviews to ensure customers are receiving their correct entitlement to Housing Benefit and Council Tax Support.
If our records show that you are receiving Housing Benefit or Council Tax Support, you may be asked to complete a review in order to ensure that the information we hold regarding your entitlement is accurate and up to date. Further information can be found on the Review of Entitlement web page.
Claimants of Pensionable Age
Your support will be broadly based on the rules that applied for council tax benefit. Non dependant deductions, Needs allowances and the maximum level of council tax support that are awarded are decided in accordance with national legislation.
This applies if you have reached the qualifying age for State Pension Credit, or if you are a couple and one of you has reached the qualifying age for pension credit.
If one of you is in receipt of one of the following benefits you will not be classed as being of pensionable age for the purposes of calculating council tax support:
- Income Support
- Income Based Jobseekers Allowance
- Employment Support Allowance (Income Related Benefit)
Claimants of Working Age
This applies if you have not reached the qualifying age for state pension credit. Your application will be decided based on three different criterion.
Council Tax Support - Enhanced Scheme
- 100% maximum award including for residents in band F, G and H properties.
- 20 % taper
- No non dependant deductions
Qualifies if in receipt of a: Carer Premium, Disability Premium; Enhanced Disability Premium; Severe Disability Premium; Disability Premium for Dependents; Enhanced Disability Premium for Dependents; Disabled Earned Disregard; CT Disability Reduction; War Disablement Pension; War Widows Pension; Armed Forces Compensation Scheme Payment
Working Age Employed Scheme
100% maximum award up to Band D. Maximum award will therefore be 100% of a Band D equivalent.
- No minimum contribution
- Band F, G and H owner occupiers are excluded.
- 15% taper
- Child benefit and maintenance taken into account & self employed claimants may be subject to a minimum income floor
- No non-dependant deductions
Qualifies if the claimant or partner is working an average of more than 16 hours per week
Working Age 'Other' Scheme*
- Maximum award will be 80% of a Band D council tax
- 20% minimum contribution from all claimants
- Band F, G, H owner occupiers are excluded.
- Child benefit / maintenance taken into account
- No non-dependant deductions
*This is the standard scheme for all those not meeting the qualifying conditions for the other council tax support schemes
The full schemes are published in the documents to the right of this page.