On 1 April 2020, after a consultation with the district’s residents, undertaken between September and October 2019; the council will introduce a simplified council tax reduction scheme (CTR) for working aged applicants, based on an income band system.

Depending on where a household’s income falls within a range of specified bands, that household may be entitled to relief of up to 80% of the annual council tax charge.

It is based on net income (which is the amount left after all taxes and contributions have been deducted from gross income). However some benefits such as child benefit, disability benefits or carers allowance will continue to be disregarded.

The council is also making a number of other changes:

  • the introduction of a standard non-dependent deduction, of £4 per week for applicants who are not in receipt of disability benefits
  • simplification of the income disregard system to £25 per claim for earned income, meaning customers will find it much simpler to find out what disregards may be applied
  • introducing an additional £25 earned income disregard where the customer or partner is disabled and receives the appropriate qualifying disability benefit
  • the removal of the one month backdating limit
  • change of circumstances to take effect on the day they occur to make things more straightforward
  • removal of the family premium 

Claimants will still need to tell the council about changes that might affect their CTR – including those who get Universal Credit who still need to apply to the council if they want to make a new claim for CTR.

Tell us about a change in circumstances  

These changes only apply to claimants of working age and do not affect pension age claimants. CTR for pension age applicants is a national rather than a local scheme, the rules of which are set by Parliament. Here you can view and download The Pension age council tax reduction scheme regulations.

How Council Tax Reduction for working age applicants works in practice:

Calculate the amount of your household’s weekly income. Do not include the following;

  • housing, limited capability for work or the carer element of Universal Credit
  • Child Benefit
  • Disability benefits
  • Carers Allowance

If you are self-employed you will normally be treated as earning the equivalent of a working week, of thirty-six hours, paid at the national living wage.

Use this table to work out what percentage of CTR you will be eligible for: 

 

 

 

Discount

 

Single person

 

Couple

 

Single with child/children

 

Couple with child/children

 Band 1

80%

£0 to £75.00

£0 to £118.00

£0 to £ 143.00

£0 to £186.00

 Band 2

64%

£75.01 to £108.00

£118.01 to £149.00

£143.01 to £175.00

£186.01 to 216.00

 Band 3

48%

£108.01 to £141.00

£149.01 to £182.00

£175.01 to £208.00

£216.01 to £249.00

 Band 4

32%

£141.01 to £174.00

£182.01 to £215.00

£208.01 to £241.00

£249.01 to £282.00

 Band 5

16%

£174.01 to £207.00

£215.01 to £248.00

£241.01 to £274.00

£282.01 to £315.00

 

0%

£207.01 and above

£248.01 and above

£274.01 and above

£315.01 and above

 

If your weekly net earnings are more than £207.01 for a single person, £248.01 for a couple, £274.01 for a single person with child(ren) or £315.01 for a couple with child(ren), you are not entitled to a reduction and must pay your annual charge in full. 

You will also not be eligible for help if you have capital of £6000 or more.