Council Tax Support 2021/2022

Council Tax Support from April 2021

Council Tax Support provides low income households, both in and out of work, with help to pay their council tax. Any owner-occupier or tenant aged 18 or over who is legally responsible for the council tax can make a claim for Council Tax Support.

The level of Council Tax Support is based on the income and circumstances of the household.

Pension Age applicants

The Government has set the rules we must use to calculate Council Tax Support for applicants who have reached state pension age.

Council Tax Support entitlement for couples where one member of a couple has reached state pension age and the other is receiving a working age means tested benefit or Universal Credit will be calculated under the rules that apply to working age applicants.

Working Age applicants

From 1 April 2020 Plymouth City Council adopted an Income Banded Council Tax Support scheme for working age people.

The maximum support available in 2021-22 remains at 80% of the council tax charge for the property up to a Band E. 

The savings/capital limit remains at £6,000.

A minimum income floor calculation applies for self-employed claimants and/or any self-employed partner.  This means the income we use to calculate any entitlement to Council Tax Support might be different to accounting figures.

When calculating household income we do not include:

  • Child Benefit
  • Personal Independence Payments
  • Disability Living Allowance
  • Carers Allowance
  • Work Related Activity or Support component of Employment and Support Allowance
  • Child maintenance
  • War disablement/widows pensions
  • Bereavement Support Payments
  • Up to 100% of any Housing Cost element of Universal Credit
  • If you are in paid work we will disregard an amount from your earnings and make an allowance for eligible child care costs.

If you have a non-dependant adult living in the property we may deduct an amount, currently £4.05 each week, from your maximum Council Tax Support. 

The amount of support that an applicant will be entitled to is based on the household group that applies and the calculated household income as shown below.

 

£0 to £82 weekly income: Band 1 - 80% reduction

£82.01 to £134 weekly income: Band 2 - 60% reduction

£134.01 to £185 weekly income: Band 3 - 40% reduction

£185.01 to £266 weekly income: Band 4 - 20% reduction

Over £266.01 weekly income: Band 5 - 0% reduction

£0 to £123 weekly income: Band 1 - 80% reduction

£123.01 to £174 weekly income: Band 2 - 60% reduction

£174.01 to £226 weekly income: Band 3 - 40% reduction

£226.01 to £308 weekly income: Band 4 - 20% reduction

Over £308 weekly income: Band 5 - 0% reduction

£0 to £257 weekly income: Band 1 - 80% reduction

£257.01 to £308 weekly income: Band 2 - 60% reduction

£308.01 to £410 weekly income: Band 3 - 40% reduction

£410.01 to £563 weekly income: Band 4 - 20% reduction

Over £563 weekly income: Band 5 - 0% reduction

£0 to £205 weekly income: Band 1 - 80% reduction

£205.01 to £257 weekly income: Band 2 - 60% reduction

£257.01 to £358 weekly income: Band 3 - 40% reduction

£358.01 to £461 weekly income: Band 4 - 20% reduction

Over £461 weekly income: Band 5 - 0% reduction

£0 to £257 weekly income: Band 1 - 80% reduction

£257.01 to £308 weekly income: Band 2 - 60% reduction

£308.01 to £410 weekly income: Band 3 - 40% reduction

£410.01 to £563 weekly income: Band 4 - 20% reduction

Over £563 weekly income: Band 5 - 0% reduction

£0 to £511 weekly income: Band 1 - 80% reduction

Over £511 weekly income: Band 5 - 0% reduction

  • Changes in the household income may not result in a change to the amount of Council Tax Support discount awarded if the new income is still within the same income band.
  • Changes in the household composition, even if there is no change to household income, may result in a change to the amount of Council Tax Support discount awarded if the change moves the household into a different group.
  • Backdated awards of Council Tax Support will continue to be limited to 6 months and this will be at the discretion of the council.

 

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