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Council Tax Reduction and future changes

Localisation of Support for Council Tax

Council Tax Reduction Scheme (CTRS) is to give financial help towards the council tax bills of those on low incomes. 

Each year the council approves our scheme for the year ahead.  People of pension age are no worse off than with the old National Council Tax Benefit scheme (and that also applies where a working age applicant or partner is receiving a disability benefit and therefore is treated as vulnerable).

For working age claimants only, our scheme requires a minimum payment of 10%.  This means therefore that low-income households have to pay 10% of the council tax bill for their home.  Our local scheme aims to encourage work by not counting the first £25 per week of earnings.

Our CTR scheme from 1 April 2017

The following are changes to our scheme from 1 April 2017:

  • To remove the Work Related Activity Component in the calculation of CTRS for new claims
  • To limit the number of children within the calculation for CTRS to a maximum of 2 for new claims and new entitlements
  • To remove entitlement to the Severe Disability Premium where another person is paid Universal Credit (Carer Element) to look after them
  • To use the gross Universal Credit amount as income in the calculation of CTRS
  • To award CTRS where there is an active Housing Benefit claim

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Updated: 7 Apr 2017
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