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 Pension Age Council Tax Support please try one of the calculators available on the Gov.uk website:
If you then wish to make a claim, please go to the How can I claim benefit page which has further information.
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.
From 1st April 2020 we have a new Council Tax Reduction Scheme. Please see the Council Tax Reduction page for further details and how to apply.
The full schemes are published in the documents to the right of this page.