What is the local council tax support scheme?
Council Tax Support (also known as Council Tax Reduction) is a benefit to help people who are on a low income or claiming certain benefits to pay their Council Tax bill.
Is council tax support included in universal credit?
Help with council tax is not included in universal credit. You must apply to the council for council tax reduction.
Do you get a reduction in council tax when you are a pensioner?
Pensioners can receive a discount of up to 100%. You are classed as pension age, if you have reached the qualifying age for state pension credit or if you are a couple and one of you has reached the qualifying age for pension credit.
What is the applicable amount?
Your applicable amount is the amount the Government says you and your family need to live on each week. It is either personal allowances only, or a combination of personal allowances and premiums.
What benefits can I claim as a pensioner?
Here are some of the benefits for pensioners and older people for which you may be eligible.
- Pension Credit.
- Cold Weather Payment.
- Winter Fuel Payment.
- Disability Living Allowance.
- Personal Independence Payment.
- Carer’s Allowance.
- Attendance Allowance.
- Bereavement Support Payment.
How much can Universal Credit deduct for council tax arrears?
If your Universal Credit is reduced to pay off your debts Deductions can only be made for: rent arrears and other housing costs like service charges – the deduction can be between 10% and 20% for rent arrears. gas, electric or water arrears. council tax bills arrears.
How does Universal Credit affect council tax?
Higher income under Universal Credit will generally result in lower Council Tax Support, and lower income under Universal Credit will generally result in higher Council Tax Support.
What is applicable income?
What is an ‘applicable amount’? This is the amount of money the government says that you (and your partner and dependant children, if they live with you) need to live on.
How much savings can you have before you claim Pension Credit?
There isn’t a savings limit for Pension Credit. However, if you have over £10,000 in savings, this will affect how much you receive.