From 1 April 2013, the Government decided that Council Tax Benefit would no longer exist. Every Council was asked to replace it with their own local scheme. The new scheme is called Council Tax Support.
What’s new for Council Tax Support in 2017/18?
We need to make in excess of £1million savings by 2019/2020 and we asked for your views on possible changes to the Council Tax Support scheme that would help contribute towards these savings.
On 17 January 2017 full council considered your views and the financial position of the council and agreed our new scheme from 01 April 2017 the key points of the scheme being:-
- The level of maximum Council Tax Support for working age customers remains at 85% of Council Tax liability
- The capital limit is reduced to £6,000. This means that if you are working age and have in excess of £6000 capital you will no longer be entitled to Council Tax Support (this does not apply if you receive a “passported” benefit such as Income Support, JSA (IB) or ESA (IR). The limit for housing benefit remains at £16,000
- Council Tax Support awards are limited to Council Tax Band D if you are working age. This means that if you live in a property banded E to H your CTS will be calculated as though you were in a Band D property
- This scheme only applies to claimants of working age (claimants of pension age are not affected)
- The key points of the scheme detailed above apply to all existing claims and new claims made after 31 March 2017
- Your new entitlement from 01 April 2017 will be included on your Council Tax bill and you will also receive a separate letter detailing how the award has been calculated
- We have given careful consideration to how we protect vulnerable people and we will continue to have a local Discretionary Council Tax Support scheme. This scheme is there to help people who are experiencing severe financial hardship who need extra help to pay their Council Tax. You do not have to be in receipt of Council Tax Support to apply for Discretionary Council Tax Support. If you were awarded Discretionary Council Tax Support in 2016/17 and you think you should still qualify from 1st April 2017 you will need to reapply. For further information about Discretionary Council Tax Support and how to apply, visit our Discretionary Council Tax Support page
For more information:-
- Please see the full committee report about our new scheme from 17 January 2017
- See our Council Tax Support scheme webpage
- Customer Services Centres at Bell Street, Wigston or Oadby library
- Contact our benefits team on 0116 288 8961 Option 4
Authority has been provided by the Chief Executive to collect this information, see this attachment. Acceptance of Electronic Claims and Changes of Circumstances (PDF Document, 310.27 Kb)
How to make a claim for Council Tax Support
You can download the Council Tax Support application form below or obtain one by contacting the benefits team. Our contact details are on the right-hand side of this page.
Housing Benefit and Council Tax Support Claim Form (PDF Document, 617.29 Kb)
Housing Benefit and Council Tax Support Claim Form Notes (PDF Document, 142.48 Kb)
Last updated: Thursday, 2 July 2020 2:54 pm