Changes to council tax

Changes to council tax support from April 2017

There will be some changes to the Council Tax Support Scheme from 1 April 2017. The changes will affect the amount of help that working age people can get towards their council tax.

The changes do not affect people of pension age.

Council tax premium for long-term empty properties from April 2015

From 1 April 2015, an additional amount of council tax (a ‘premium’) is charged when a property has been empty for two years or more. The premium is set at 50%. More about this premium.

Government changes to council tax benefit, council tax discounts and exemptions

The council tax benefit scheme was replaced by the council tax support scheme on 1 April 2013.

The government abolished the national council tax benefit scheme and asked councils to introduce a local council tax support scheme to replace it. Every council has their own local council tax support scheme with its own eligibility criteria.

Council tax support scheme from 1 April 2017 to 31 March 2018

Changes to benefits

The government has introduced some other major changes to benefits. Please see the Welfare reform pages for more information.

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