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Council tax support scheme 2020 to 2021

Changes to council tax support

From April 2020 there are some changes to council tax support for working age people only. There are no changes for people of pension age.

The scheme for 2020 to 2021 is income-banded and will replace the current scheme. You will be able to get a discount of between 30% and 90%, depending on your household income and family circumstances.

How we work out your award

We'll work out the maximum amount of support you can get based on your household's net income and any children you have (up to a maximum of two). Your net income includes any money from employment, self-employment, benefits and any other income, including any rent from people who live with you.

If you're working age and claim council tax support, you still need to pay at least 10% of your bill. This applies even if you get benefits or have a low income. 

If you or your partner have more than £6,000 in savings you won't get any council tax support, unless either of you get income-based jobseekers allowance, income support or income-related support allowance.

If you or your partner get any of the following benefits, you'll automatically be in the highest band and will only pay 10% of your bill:

  • income support
  • income-based jobseeker's allowance
  • income-based employment and support allowance

We don't include the following (known as 'income disregards') when we look at your income:

  • carer's allowance - this will be added back onto your award as an income disregard of £67.25 per week
  • disability living allowance
  • personal independence payments
  • armed forces independence payments
  • war disablement benefits

We also allow £25 for all households as an incentive to work.

Bands and discounts

Band Discount Single Couple Family with 1 child Family with 2+ children
    Weekly income Weekly income Weekly income Weekly income
1 90% £0 to £87.20 £0 to £127.20 £0 to £177.20 £0 to £227.20
2 75% £87.21 to £130.80 £127.21 to £170.80 £177.21 to £220.80 £227.21 to £270.80
3 60% £130.81 to £174.40 £170.81 to £214.40 £220.81 to £264.40 £270.81 to £314.40
4 45% £174.41 to £218 £214.41 to £258 £264.41 to £308 £314.41 to £358
5 30% £281.01 to £261.60 £258.01 to £301.60 £308.01 to £351.60 £358.01 to £401.60

Universal Credit

If you make a claim for Universal Credit, the Department for Work and Pensions will pass your details to us and we will treat that as an application for council tax support. We will automatically send you a new council tax bill with the amount you're entitled to.

Other adults living in your home

If someone else aged 18 or over is living with you, it will affect how much support you get as they are expected to make a contribution towards your household. A standard deduction of £10 per week will be taken from your entitlement for each adult that is living with you.

If your circumstances change

You need to tell us straight away if your circumstances change. If your household income goes up or down slightly, it may not affect the amount of support you get, but you still need to tell us about it.

If you have any questions, you may want to look at our changes to council tax support frequently asked questions.