Benefit Changes

Local Council Tax support (LCTS)

What is Local Council Tax support? 

Council Tax Benefit ended from 1 April 2013 as part of the national welfare reforms. From 1 April 2013 Local Authorities were required to replace Council Tax Benefit with their own locally run schemes known as Local Council Tax Support (LCTS). If you are on a low income you could be eligible for help towards your Council Tax cost through LCTS.  

Local Council Tax Support Scheme 2017/18

Our local Council Tax support scheme 2016/17 Key features 

If you are of state pension credit age, the level of support you receive under Local Council Tax Support will be assessed in broadly the same way as under the former scheme.

The current scheme is funded by Central Government, however this has reduced, and for the current year there is a shortfall of £99,000 between awards and government grant.

If you are of Working age and entitled to Local Council Tax Support the following applies for 2016/17:

  • Everyone will have to pay a minimum of 24% of their Council Tax bill.
  • The first £40 per week that you earn will not be taken into account when calculating LCTS.
  • Child benefit received for the first child is ignored as income in the calculation
  • The maximum capital limit remains at £16,000
  • A flat rate non-dependant deduction of £10 regardless of their income or savings
  • Second adult rebate claims are not accepted
  • People living in properties whose Council tax band is E,F,G or H have their Council Tax support restricted to the maximum payable for a band D property

Local Council Tax Support Consultation 2016/17 - Result and relevant documents

Full details of our scheme - Policy Documents