Changes to Council Tax Support from April 2019

Localised Council Tax Support (CTS) replaced Council Tax Benefit in April 2013. 

The legislation includes a national scheme for pensioners. However, every Council is responsible for the can design of their scheme for people of working age and this must be agreed annually by the Council.

From 1 April 2019 the scheme for working age customers is changing to a banded scheme. This means that there will be an income range and based on this a % reduction of your Council Tax liability will be applied; the scheme will continue to take into account income, family composition and personal circumstances such as disabilities and number of children in the household.

The maximum amount that can be 'awarded' will be 95% of the Council Tax liability. However, if you fall within one of the following groups the maximum award will be 100% of the Council Tax liability:

·   You are a lone parent with a child aged under 5

·   You or your partner receives Personal Independence Payment (PIP), Disability Living Allowance (DLA) or Armed Forced Independence Payment.

·   You are a carer and receives Carers Allowance including underlying entitlement.

·   You have a disabled child in the household and in receive Disability Living Allowance for that child.

This scheme takes in account that Universal Credit is a monthly benefit and can change from month to month. A banded scheme will reduce the number of people, who have small changes in their income, receiving revised Council Tax accounts each month.

More details on the scheme from 1 April 2019 can be read here.

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