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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. 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 25 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 proposing to change the minimum amount of the council tax bill you pay if you are working age and not in a protected group.

Currently we limit the maximum amount of the council tax bill that is covered by Council Tax Support to 75% of your council tax charge, so you pay at least 25% of your council tax bill.

We are considering increasing this limit to 84% so if you are working age and not in a protected group you will pay at least 16% of your council tax bill.

For example:

John and Jackie are a couple receiving Universal Credit. They live in a Band B property in King’s Lynn and their weekly council tax bill is £28.92.

Under our current scheme 75% of their council tax bill is covered by Council Tax Support. They receive £21.69 a week in Council Tax Support and pay £7.23 a week towards their council tax bill.

The proposed changes mean 84% of their council tax bill is covered by Council Tax Support. They would receive £24.30 a week in Council Tax Support and would pay £4.62 a week towards their council tax bill.

This change will not affect you if you are working age and in a protected group (as above). This is because we do not apply this rule to your Council Tax Support claim and you can receive up to 100% of your council tax bill. It also does not affect you if you are pension age as your Council Tax Support is worked out using a national set of rules.

Consultation questionnaire

We want to hear your views on our proposals. The consultation runs until 29 November 2021. The questionnaire is available using the link below.

Comment on our consultation

The comments gathered from the consultation will be reported to Members before the final Council Tax Support scheme is agreed.