Changes to Council Tax Benefit - Consultation
Local Council Tax Support scheme
PLEASE NOTE: The consultation has now closed.
We consulted with the public between the 14th August and 22nd October 2012 . Separate technical consultations covering treatment of the self employed, Parish Councils and the hardship fund are available below.
The main elements of the proposed scheme that we consulted on are outlined below.
The Government requires Council's to protect pensioners so that their claims are calculated on the same basis as now. This means that our proposed scheme will only apply to working age people.
The proposed key changes for working age people are:
- Reducing the in-work taper to 15% for those working more than 24 hours per week, with support assessed on 100% liability and not 80% to help make work pay
- Abolishing non dependant deductions to encourage families to stay together
- Reducing the Capital Limit from £16,000 to £6,000
- Restricting entitlement for Band E properties to that of a Band D council tax charge
- Ending support for residents in Band F, G and H properties
- Asking everyone except the severely disabled and some veterans to pay at least 20%
- Using Child Benefit and Maintenance in the assessment on the same basis it was used in 2008
- Introducing a 13 week protection for those who over the last year have been able to afford their Council Tax but whose circumstances have changed.
- Removing support for claimants under the age of 25. (except for exceptional hardship cases)
You can view examples of how individuals will be affected by selecting from the list below:
Examples of how you may be affected
The results of the consultation were passed to a Councillor led Working Group on Council Tax support. This detailed analysis was used to finalise the design of our scheme. Please click on the following link to view the Detailed Analysis of the Consultation.
We appreciate that for some people, it may be difficult to pay Council Tax on top of all the other bills that people are required to pay. From April, we will provide assistance for claimants facing hardship to ensure that they are getting the right level of support. In cases where no further support is available the Council has identified a hardship fund to assist with meeting the Council Tax.
You will be able to apply for this online after April.
Useful information and publications
Other background information from Central Government
- Government Schedule of Changes to Benefits - 2012 - 2016 (0.02 MB as PDF document)
- Address: Brentwood Borough Council, Town Hall, Ingrave Road, Brentwood, Essex CM15 8AY
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Telephone: 01277 312500
- Fax: 01277 312743
- Minicom: 01277 312809
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