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Council Tax Support consultation

Find out how to comment on our Council Tax Support review

Council Tax Support

We run a scheme that provides help to people with the cost of their Council Tax bill if they're on a low income. This scheme is called local Council Tax Support.

Our Council Tax Support scheme only applies to working age people. There is a national Council Tax Support scheme for people who are pension age, and the rules are decided by central government.

Every year our Council Tax Support scheme is reviewed. We seek views from all local residents on the proposals for the coming year, whether or not you receive Council Tax Support. You can comment on these proposals using the survey at the bottom of this page.

If you're pension age you're not affected by these proposals, but we would still welcome your views.

The current scheme

We first introduced a Council Tax Support scheme in April 2013. The principles of the current scheme are:

  • Those who have reached the qualifying age for State Pension Credit (under central government rules)
  • working age people pay at least 16 per cent of their council tax bill
  • the maximum amount of capital (savings, shares etc) you can have is £6,000
  • a deduction of £10 a week is made for each non-dependant in your household
  • if you're self-employed we assume you earn at least the minimum wage for the hours you work
  • there is no Second Adult Rebate for a dependent adult in your household

In certain circumstances you'll not be affected by the changes and we'll work out your Council Tax Support based on the national, more generous, scheme. These are known as the Protected Groups.

The Protected Groups are:

  • Those who have reached the qualifying age for State Pension Credit (under central government rules)
  • Households with at least one child under the age of 5
  • Those entitled to the Disability Premium, the Disabled Child Premium or the Carer Premium as part of their needs calculation
  • Those in receipt of Carer’s Allowance, Attendance Allowance or Constant Attendance Allowance
  • Those receiving Working Tax Credit including a disability element
  • Those in the Employment and Support Allowance Support group
  • Those in receipt of Disability Living Allowance or Personal Independence Payment

The proposed changes for working age people

We are not proposing any major updates to the Council Tax Support scheme for 2023/2024.

We are proposing two small changes to ensure payments from government for certain initiatives do not affect people’s Council Tax Support entitlement. These changes are:

  1. Payments made as a ‘thank you’ payment under the government’s Homes for Ukraine scheme will be disregarded as income and capital in our Council Tax Support Scheme
  2. Any other government payments made under a national scheme, introduced during a financial year, and disregarded for Housing Benefit purposes, will also be disregarded for the purpose of our Council Tax Support scheme.

Consultation questionnaire

The consultation invites the public's views on our proposals. Comments will gathered from the consultation reported to Members before the final Council Tax Support scheme is agreed.

The questionnaire can be found here.

This consultation runs until 12 December 2022.