How do we work out your Council Tax Support?
The Council Tax Support application form you fill in asks all the questions that we need answered to work out if you qualify for support. How much Council Tax Support you get depends on your savings, money you have coming in, money you need to live on, Council Tax you pay and any other adults who may live in your home.
- if you have a partner we must also take account of their personal details
if you and/or your partner are of working age and have saving and investments totalling more than £10,000 (£16,000 if you are classed as vulnerable) you might not get Council Tax Support
if you and/or your partner are of pension age and have savings and investments totalling more than £16,000 you might not get Council Tax Support
for pensioners £10,000 is disregarded and for every £500 we must add £1 onto your weekly income. We ignore any actual interest your savings earn
How much money you have coming in
The money you and your family have coming in may be earnings or unearned income, such as social security benefits or a pension from work.
We can ignore certain parts of your income such as Disability Living Allowance or War Pensions. However, you must still tell us about them.
From 1 April 2023, small changes in income for those getting Universal Credit will be ignored until the increase or decrease in weekly entitlement is more than £3.25 per week.
How much money you need to live on
Our Council Tax Support scheme sets the minimum level of income you must have after paying your rent. This is called your applicable amount. Your applicable amount is made up of Personal Allowances and Premiums.
Personal Allowances depend on
- your age
- whether you are single or have a partner
- how many dependent children you have and their age
Premiums recognise that some people have special or extra needs, such as
- elderly people
- people with a disability
- carers - people who look after sick and disabled people
We add the personal allowances and premiums together to give the amount of money you need to live on. We cannot alter them.
The amount of council tax you pay
The amount of council tax you have to pay is shown on a council tax bill which the council will send you. The bill will show you the gross council tax and any discounts or reductions that you are entitled to. If you are already getting Council Tax Support, this will be shown as a reduction on your bill.
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