The Local Council Tax Support scheme
The local Council Tax Support scheme applies to all working age Council Tax Support applicants in Central Bedfordshire.
We developed our local Council Tax Support reduction scheme with the following key principles in mind:
- the scheme should be affordable - so that Council Tax payers and services don't suffer
- making a fair contribution - those who can pay Council Tax, should pay
- encouraging people to earn a living - incentivise work
- protecting the most vulnerable
We consulted local residents, claimants, landlords and organisations before introducing our scheme, and review it each year to ensure that it still achieves our objectives.
About the Council Tax Support Scheme
Find out about the main differences between our local Council Tax Support scheme and the national Housing Benefit regulations, and national Council Tax Support scheme for pensioners below.
Restriction on maximum Council Tax Support
The maximum amount of Council Tax Support for most working age people under our local reduction scheme is 75% of your Council Tax charge. This means that most working age people must pay 25% of their Council Tax, no matter what their income is. Vulnerable people (see below) are protected from this restriction.
Higher earnings disregards
We have increased the earnings disregard by an additional £10 per week for single claimants, couples and single parents, compared to the disregard in the national Housing Benefit calculation. This means that when we work out your income for Council Tax Support purposes, less of your earnings will be taken into account.
If you are in any of the categories below, you will be protected from the 75% restriction on your maximum Council Tax Support. You will be able to receive a Council Tax Support reduction of up to 100% of your bill.
You will be protected if you are:
- receiving any of the disability premiums or a Disabled Earnings Disregard (within the Council Tax Support scheme or Income Support, Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance or Income-related Employment and Support Allowance)
- receiving Disabled Persons' Reduction for Council Tax purposes
- receiving War Disablement Pension or War Widow's Pension
- single and receiving Carer's Allowance or the Carer's Element of Universal Credit, or if you have a partner, you and your partner are both receiving Carer's Allowance or the Carer's Element of Universal Credit
- a lone parent with a child under the age of 5
- receiving, or your partner or child receiving, any of the qualifying benefits below
The qualifying benefits for Council Tax Support protection are:
- Attendance Allowance
- Constant Attendance Allowance
- Disability Living Allowance
- Personal Independence Payment
- Long-term Incapacity Benefit
- Severe Disablement Allowance
- the Limited Capability for Work-Related Activity (LCWRA) element of Universal Credit
- the Support Component of Employment and Support Allowance
- a Disabled Worker Element within Working Tax Credit
- a Disabled Child Element within Child Tax Credit
- the Mobility Supplement of a War Pension
Telephone: 0300 300 8306
Please quote your benefit claim reference in all correspondence – your claim reference is either an 8 digit number starting with 900, or a 5 digit number. You can find it on any letter we’ve sent about your Housing Benefit or Council Tax Support.