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Changes to Council Tax entitlement

From 1 April 2021, if you are working age, we have made changes to how we calculate entitlement to Council Tax Support.

  • The maximum backdating period that can be considered is three months from the date of request
  • Second Adult Rebate is no longer available
  • The maximum Council Tax liability that can be considered is equivalent to a Band E property
  • The "traditional" taper calculation to work out weekly entitlement is being replaced with a Banded Scheme

Banded Scheme

We take the income received by the claimant, and partner (if applicable), ignore part of the income where possible and compare the remaining net income to the bands below. If you are working age, we use the following set of bands:

Income Band Single Person weekly income £ Couple weekly income £ Lone Parent weekly income £ Couple with Children weekly income £ Maximum percentage of entitlement

Band 1

0 to 75

0 to 115

0 to 150

0 to 200

90%

Band 2

75.01 to 100

115.01 to 150

150.01 to 175

200.01 to 250

70%

Band 3

100.01 to 125

150.01 to 200

175.01 to 225

250.01 to 300

50%

Band 4

125.01 to 150

200.01 to 250

225.01 to 275

300.01 to 350

30%

Band 5

150.01 to 175

250.01 to 300

275.01 to 325

350.01 to 400

10%

 

If you are working age but you, your partner or your dependant child receive a disability benefit, we use the following bands:

Income Band Single Person weekly income £ Couple weekly income £ Lone Parent weekly income £ Couple with Children weekly income £ Maximum percentage of entitlement

Band 1

0 to 75

0 to 115

0 to 150

0 to 200

95%

Band 2

75.01 to 100

115.01 to 150

150.01 to 175

200.01 to 250

75%

Band 3

100.01 to 125

150.01 to 200

175.01 to 225

250.01 to 300

55%

Band 4

125.01 to 150

200.01 to 250

225.01 to 275

300.01 to 350

35%

Band 5

150.01 to 175

250.01 to 300

275.01 to 325

350.01 to 400

15%

The entitlement that you receive is the percentage, based on the net income of your household, of your weekly Council Tax liability after any Council Tax discounts have been applied and any deductions for non-dependants have been taken.

For further details, please see:

Hardship Fund

If you are struggling to pay your Council Tax as a result of the changes to the way that we now calculate Council Tax Support from 1 April 2021, you can apply for additional assistance from our Hardship Fund.

Apply to the Hardship Fund