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
- Council tax support scheme 2017/18 (PDF)
- Council tax support scheme schedules 2017/18 (PDF)
- Council tax support exceptional hardship scheme 2017/2018 (PDF)
Changes to benefits
The government has introduced some other major changes to benefits. Please see the Welfare reform pages for more information.