What is Council Tax Support?

Council Tax Support is a local scheme that can help towards your Council Tax bill. It reduces the amount of Council Tax you have to pay and will be taken straight off your bill. It is separate from any discounts or exemptions that can also reduce your Council Tax bill.

Will I be able to get Council Tax Support?

To claim Council Tax Support you must:
  • be on a low income; and
  • be the person responsible for paying the Council Tax.
The amount of support you can get depends on:
  • your age;
  • your income and any other benefits you get;
  • your savings or capital;
  • the amount of your Council Tax; and
  • other people or children living with you.
Different scheme rules apply depending on your age

Are you?

Council Tax Support for people of pension age

Who isn’t eligible?

You will not qualify for any support if you've reached pensionable age and you (or your partner) have over £16,000 in savings or capital. This does not include the value of the property you are living in.

How much Council Tax Support could I qualify for?

People of pension age can qualify for up to 100% support.

How to apply for Council Tax Support

Council Tax Support for people of working age

From 1st April 2017, new rules apply to people who are on Universal Credit. See Council Tax Support for working age people on Universal Credit.

The following rules apply to people of working age who are not on Universal Credit:

Who isn’t eligible?

You will not qualify for any support if you’re of working age and you (or your partner) have over £10,000 in savings or capital. This does not include the value of the property you are living in.

How much Council Tax Support could I qualify for?

Most working age people can qualify for help up to a maximum of 78% of their Council Tax bill. 

Please note: support will only be paid up to the cost of a Band D Council Tax property bill. This doesn’t mean you can’t get support if you live in a Band E property or above. But you will only get up to 78% of the cost of a Band D property taken off your bill.

What if I can't work because I get other care, support or disability benefits?

You can qualify for help with 100% of your bill if you’re of working age and get any of the following benefits, or have a disabled child living with you:

  • If you or your partner receive the support component of Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
  • If you or your partner receive Disability Living Allowance (DLA) care component at the highest rate
  • If your child receives DLA (either component) at any rate
  • If you or your partner receive the enhanced rate of the daily living component of Personal Independence Payment (PIP)

If you receive the middle rate of DLA (care component) or Attendance Allowance, or the daily living component of PIP at the standard or enhanced rate, the following rules will apply:

  • You must not have any non-dependents living with you (any other adults living with you and your partner who are not disabled themselves) and no one can be receiving Carers Allowance in respect of you.
  • In the case of couples, both of you need to be receiving the middle rate of DLA or Attendance Allowance, or the daily living component of PIP at the standard or enhanced rate.

How to apply for Council Tax Support

Council Tax Support for working age people on Universal Credit

From 1st April 2017, these new rules apply to people who are on Universal Credit:

Who isn’t eligible?

You will not qualify for any support if you’re of working age and you (or your partner) have over £6,000 in savings or capital. This does not include the value of the property you are living in.

How much Council Tax Support could I qualify for?

The maximum support available to all working age claimants on Universal Credit is 90% of the Council Tax bill.

The information held on your Universal Credit claim will be used to calculate the amount of Council Tax Support you’re entitled to.

The amount of support available to you will be determined by income bands:

  • 90% discount for weekly incomes of £0.00 - £99.99
  • 85% discount for weekly incomes of £100.00 - £199.99
  • 80% discount for weekly incomes of £200.00 - £299.99
  • 70% discount for weekly incomes of £300.00 - £349.99
  • 50% discount for weekly incomes of £350.00 - £399.99
  • 0% discount for weekly incomes of £400.00 and above

These income bands will be increased at the higher end depending on the size of your household:

  • For a single person with one child in the household £50.00 is added to the band limit
  • For a single person with two or more children in the household £100.00 is added to the band limit
  • For couples with no children £25.00 is added to the band limit
  • For couples with one child in the household £75.00 is added to the band limit
  • For couples with two or more children in the household £125.00 is added to the band limit
What if I can't work because I get other care, support or disability benefits?

If you’re of working age and in receipt of Universal Credit, you’ll still be assessed under these new rules. However, Disability Living Allowance, Personal Independence Payments and Attendance Allowance will not be counted as part of your household income when calculating your entitlement to Council Tax Support.

How to apply for Council Tax Support

Bath & North East Somerset's Local Council Tax Support Scheme Policy

Additional support

The Welfare Support Scheme can provide people with extra short-term help towards paying their Council Tax bill. You need to phone the Welfare Support Team to request extra help, if you can't afford to pay for your Council Tax or other essential living costs. We can't guarantee that you will qualify for extra help under this scheme, as the funds we have available are limited.

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