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Council Tax support

Key information

Localised Council Tax support schemes are the replacement for Council Tax Benefit. The schemes provide help for people on low incomes towards their Council Tax bill. The schemes will apply differently in different parts of Great Britain.

Applies to: England, Scotland and Wales

Type of benefit: Means-tested

Administered by: Local authorities

 

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England

In England each local authority has devised their own Council Tax support scheme.

There may be significant differences in the level of support available in different parts of the country.

Local authorities must make sure that people who have reached Pension Credit age get the same level of entitlement under the new scheme as they did under Council Tax Benefit rules.

Local authorities will not be able to change their Council Tax support scheme during a Council Tax billing year. However, they will be able to make changes to their scheme for the start of a new billing year if they wish.

To find out what Council Tax support scheme exists in your area you should contact your local authority.

You can use the GOV.UK local council finder for contact details.

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Scotland

The Scottish Government and Scottish local authorities have agreed to make sure that people receiving support with their Council Tax from April 2013 will not receive less than they would have done if claiming Council Tax Benefit.

The Scottish Government will support people by setting up a Council Tax Reduction scheme. All local authorities in Scotland will offer the same reductions and administer the scheme in their areas.

To find out more about the Council Tax Reduction scheme you should contact your local authority.

You can find details of your local authority on the Scottish Government website.

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Wales

The Welsh Government has agreed to make sure that people receiving support with their Council Tax from April 2013 will not receive less than they would have done if claiming Council Tax Benefit.

The Welsh Government will support people by setting up a Council Tax Reduction scheme. All local authorities in Wales will offer the same reductions and administer the scheme in their areas.

To find out more about the Council Tax Reduction scheme you should contact your local authority.

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Last updated: 28 March 2013

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