Council tax reduction scheme (Council Tax benefit)

Council tax reduction scheme

On 1 April 2013 Council Tax Reduction Schemes (CTRS) replaced Council Tax Benefit and new ways of calculating the reduction, developed and administered by local authorities, were introduced.

Council tax reduction is intended to help people on a low income with the cost of council tax. It can be paid in addition to any discounts that you may also be eligible to claim. To be eligible to claim council tax reduction you must be liable to pay council tax in respect of the dwelling and be resident at the dwelling. View Walsall council's full council tax reduction scheme (PDF 1.08MB)

This is only a brief guide to council tax reduction. It does not cover every aspect of the scheme and it is not a full statement of the law. Independent advice can be obtained from advice agencies such as the Citizens Advice Bureau, 139-144 Lichfield Street, Walsall. Telephone 01922 700600.

Council Tax Reduction Scheme 2017/18

Walsall MBC’s Council Tax Reduction scheme for working age customers has been changed for 2017/18. These changes are as follows –

· the reduction currently awarded under the second adult rebate scheme is removed

· the savings and other investments limit is reduced to £6,000. If you (or you and your partner together) have £6,000 or more in savings, investments or other capital in total you will not qualify for Council Tax Reduction. This will not affect to customers who receive Income Support, Jobseeker’s Allowance (Income Based) and Employment and Support Allowance (Income Related)

· Council Tax Reduction is calculated using the Council Tax band your property is in. For 2017/18 the calculation will be limited to using a maximum of band C. This means that if your property is in band D or above your Council Tax Reduction will be calculated using band C

· Child Benefit received for a second or subsequent child will be counted as income when Council Tax Reduction is calculated. Child Benefit for the first child will still be disregarded. This will not affect customers who receive Income Support, Jobseeker’s Allowance (Income Based) and Employment and Support Allowance (Income Related)

· Single parents or couples who are responsible for at least one child will be able to receive a family premium. This is an amount used in the calculation of Council Tax Reduction

· Once Council Tax Reduction is calculated the maximum amount a customer can receive will be 70% of this. This applies to all working age customers except single claimants with no dependents aged under 35 who will receive 75%

· Include the changes currently in the process of being made to the Housing Benefit Regulations. This means no longer allowing an allowance for a third or subsequent child born after April 2017 when calculating Council Tax Reduction. There will be some exemptions to this in certain circumstances.

Contact us:

Benefit Services
Walsall Council
Civic Centre
Darwall Street

Telephone 0300 555 2855 for enquiries, to make a claim / report a change
Telephone 01922 652396 for enquiries about housing benefit overpayments
TextBox 01922 654000