Local Council Tax Support - Scheme

Previous Scheme

Information relating to previous years schemes is detailed below:

For 2017 to 2018 the council agreed the following:

  • Reduce the period for which a person can be absent from Great Britain and still receive CTR from 13 weeks to 4 weeks  (this will bring the Council Tax Reduction Scheme in line with the changes in Housing Benefit announced by Central Government);
  • Remove the element of a Work Related Activity Component in the calculation of the current scheme for new Employment Support Allowance claimants (this will bring the Council Tax Reduction Scheme in line to mirror changes in Housing Benefit)  
  • To limit the number of dependent children within the calculation of CTR to a maximum of two for any new children born on or after 1 April 2017 (this will bring the Council Tax Reduction Scheme in line with changes being introduced by central government to universal credit, tax credits and housing benefit);
  • To remove entitlement to the Severe Disability Premium where another person is paid Universal Credit (Carers Element), (this will bring the Council Tax Reduction Scheme in line with the changes in Housing Benefit announced by Central Government in April 2017);

For 2016 to 2017 the council agreed the following:

  • Removal of Family Premium from May 2016
  • Backdating requests for Local Council Tax Support, limited to one calendar month
  • Minimum living wage for self employed claimants after a start up period of one year
  • Removal of the blanket protection for certain claimants (maximum Local Council Tax Support limited to 80% of Council Tax liability)
  • Reduced capital limit from £16,000 to £6,000

For 2014 to 2016 the council agreed the following:

  • Year two (2014/15) and year three (2015/16) restrict local council tax support to a maximum of 80% of council tax liability. It provided blanket protection for those claimant's, their partner or dependant child, in receipt of disability and related allowances.
  • To introduce the ability to apply a minimum income floor for self-employed earners, as created under the Welfare Reform Act 2012. 
  • To continue to apply the provisions of the scheme in 2013/14 as that agreed by council in January 2013.

These disability benefits are:

  • Disability Living Allowance.
  • Attendance Allowance.
  • Personal Independence Payments.
  • Employment Support Allowance (Support Component).
  • Severe Disabled Allowance.
  • War Widows Pension/ War Disablement Pensions/ Armed Forces Compensation Scheme.
  • Incapacity Benefit long term rate.

Provide protection to families with children and working age vulnerable by not including:

  • Child Benefit.
  • War Pension.
  • Maintenance paid in respect of children.
  • Other related income categories.
  • To continue the incentive for work by not increasing the taper by which additional income over the applicable amount is taken into account.
  • Extended Council Tax reduction period for those entering into remunerative employment and who have satisfied the criteria.
  • To keep non dependant increases in line with the Government's default Local Council Tax Support Scheme.

For 2013/14 the council agreed the following:

  • To reduce maximum entitlement for working age non vulnerable claimants to 80 per cent of their council tax liability. This would be deferred for one year under a transitional scheme applying a maximum entitlement of 91.5 per cent, decreasing to 80 per cent of their council tax liability in the 2014/2015 scheme.
  • To safeguard those claimants, their partner, or disabled dependent child who are deemed working age ‘vulnerable’ in respect of disability and related allowances by ensuring that the new Council Tax Support Scheme provided the same level of assistance as the previous Council Tax Benefit Scheme.
  • To retain work incentives by not increasing the taper (20 per cent) by which additional income over the applicable amount is taken into account.
  • To uprate applicable amounts in line with housing benefit regulations on uprating in line with the changes outlined within the scheme policy document.
  • To keep non dependant deductions in line with the government’s default scheme.
  • Provide protection to working age families with children, by not including certain incomes received, such as child benefit and maintenance payments in respect of children.
  • Removing the ‘second adult rebate’ for working age claimants.

For more information about previous Local Council Tax Support schemes, please click on the links below:

 To see the Local Council Tax Support policy in detail, please click the tab 'The Scheme 2017/18'.