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What is Council Tax Support?

Council Tax Support is a local scheme, based on similar criteria to Housing Benefit, to help people on a low income, in or out of work, or in receipt of state benefits.  The amount you can receive depends on your income and circumstances and is shown as a discount on your Council Tax rather than being paid as a benefit.  

The local scheme adopted by this Council will calculate your support and then, if you are working age, reduce your entitlement by a percentage.  For 2016/17 the percentage reduction is 18.5%.

For claimants of pension-credit age the Government have prescribed the rules we must use to calculate Council Tax Support.

Some of the rules are changing from 1 April 2017.  Please see our summary of changes.  Full details of the scheme are available below.

Details of the Council Tax Support Local Scheme for 2017/18 PDF, 2242.9 KB

Details of the Council Tax Support Local Scheme for 2016/17 PDF, 1944.76 KB

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