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Changes to the Council Tax Reduction scheme from April 2021

From April 2021 the Council Tax Reduction Scheme for working age households will change to an income banded scheme. Pension age households are not affected by these changes.

A summary of the changes:

  • An income banded scheme will replace the previously means tested reduction in Council Tax.The discount will be based on the total weekly income of the applicant, and their partner, if they have one;
  • The number of dependent children will be limited to two in the calculation;
  • Non-dependent deductions will be removed;
  • Carers Allowance, the support component of Employment and Support Allowance and the housing element of Universal Credit will be disregarded in the calculation of income;
  • All current earnings disregards will be replaced with a standard disregard;
  • A further deduction from unearned income will be allowed where a member of the household is disabled and in receipt of certain disability benefits;
  • Extended Reductions are removed;
  • Second Adult Rebate is removed;
  • Changes to Council Tax Reduction will now take effect from the day they occur;
  • Council Tax Reduction can now be backdated to the beginning of the financial year, if good reason is given;

Council Tax payers who experience financial hardship can apply online for assistance from the Exceptional Hardship Fund.

 

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