Important Changes to the Council Tax Support Scheme
The existing Council Tax Support Scheme which helps people on low income to pay their Council Tax is being changed from April 2014 for working age people. This means if you are working age the amount of help you receive may be reduced from April 2014.
The changes will not affect you if you are in one of the following groups:
• You are Pension Age
You are in one of the following Protected Groups:
• You have at least one child under the age of 5 in your household
• You receive the Disability Premium or Child Disability Premium when we calculate your weekly income allowance
• You receive the Support Component of Employment Support Allowance
• You receive or have underlying entitlement to Carer’s Allowance
We need to see original documents as evidence to
support the information given on your claim form. An indication of
what is required from you and your partner (if applicable) is
provided as follows:
You are required to send in 5 weekly wage-slips, 3 fortnightly
or 2 monthly payslips. Alternatively, you can ask your
employer to complete and return an Earnings
(pdf 136KB). If you are self employed you
will need to provide evidence of your latest set of accounts. If
your accounts are not available or you are a new business you will
need to complete and return a Self Employed
(736KB). You will still need to provide your accounts
at a later date.
People on State Benefits
We will need to see evidence of all Benefits received.
This will preferably be in the format of an 'award notice' from the
agency paying you the money. Current 'order books' are also
We need to see evidence of all savings, capital and
investments held. The most recent 3 months'
transactions must be provided for each. We need to see
original copies of your statements, passbooks, certificates, etc.
If you own other properties or land, further details
will be requested.
National Insurance Numbers
We need to see your National Insurance number included on an
official document (for example on a wage-slip, letter from the
Benefits Agency, payment book)
Proof of Rent
If you rent you property from either a private landlord or
Housing Association you will need to provide proof of your rent. We
- a current signed tenancy agreement,
- your rent book or
- a letter from your landlord stating the tenancy start date, how
much rent you are charged and whether any services are
The 'Verification Framework'
We along with many other Local Authorities, have signed up to
what is known as the 'Verification Framework'.
This is a Government scheme intended to ensure all applicants
receive the correct amount of Benefit and to reduce the level of
fraud within the system.
Submitting the Form without all the Required
We will normally allow you four weeks to send in
everything we need.
If you have any further questions regarding the supporting
evidence you are required to provide, please contact us.
Telephone: 01553 616200
Finance & Resources Department
Borough Council of King's Lynn & West Norfolk
PO Box 26