Local council tax reduction
Coronavirus update: Following government announcements, we are now able to offer an extra £150 discount for every working age customer in receipt of Council Tax Reduction. This amount will automatically be applied to your account and a revised bill will be issued. Please note if your bill is less than £150 you will receive a credit up to reduce your bill to £0. For example, if after we have applied Council Tax Reduction your bill is £100 we will apply a credit of £100 resulting in a nil balance and nothing to pay for the 2020/21 financial year.
You do not have to contact us as we will issue these new bills. However, please note there may be a slight delay in doing so due to the high volume of cases we have to resolve.
The local Council Tax Reduction Scheme (CTR) uses a person’s income to decide how much discount to apply to their council tax liability.
- all working age customers will pay some council tax, even if they had previously received the maximum 100% discount.
- pension age customers will not be affected by these changes.
The amount of council tax reduction that a working age customer receives is based on the amount of income that they and any partner receive.
This will place the customer in an income band, and the band will determine the amount of CTR that a person is entitled to.
The table below shows the income bands and the maximum amount that council tax will be reduced by (percentage entitlement)
|Income Band||Weekly income||Percentage entitlement LCTR|
If the customer or any partner is in receipt of Income Support, Employment and Support Allowance (income related), Job Seekers Allowance (income based) or maximum Universal Credit, they will automatically be placed in band 1.
This will also be the case where the customer would qualify for CTR based on their income and also meets the adult disability premium conditions. A deduction will be made from the CTR entitlement for any other adult who is living in the property as a member of the household and who is not the partner of the customer. The amount of the deduction will depend on the income of the other adult / s. If you have savings of more than £6,000 you will be unable to apply for CTR.
CTR must be applied for and is not automatically granted. You can download an application form or contact the council.
If you are unable to print out the form and complete it in pen, you can fill in the document using your computer or certain portable devices and send it to us by email.
To complete the application form electronically, you must save the pdf to your computer or device. You can then open the pdf and edit the form fields by typing into the relevant boxes. Once you have completed the form, save the file so that you can then send it to us as an attachment by email to HousingBenefit@southglos.gov.uk.
You can also download a Microsoft Word version of the form if you are unable to edit the pdf version.
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