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Guide An overview of Council Tax Support

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5. How we calculate your Council Tax Support

We compare your income to how much the government says that you and your family need to live on each week - this is called your applicable amount.

An applicable amount is made up of either personal allowances or a combination of personal allowances and premiums. Which of these apply to your claim  will depend on your age, circumstances and who is in your household.

Personal allowances

These are paid to you for the people in your household. The amounts paid depend on your age, whether you are single, a lone parent, part of a couple (whether married or living together or a civil partner) or have children. There are also special rates if you are entitled to main phase employment and support allowance.

Your household includes your partner, and any dependent child or qualifying young person living with you. A dependent child is a child under 16 years of age. A qualifying young person is someone who is under 20 years of age and either in full-time, non-advanced education or approved training which began before he or she was 19 years of age.

Premiums

Your applicable amount is increased with premiums if you meet certain conditions. You can get any or all of the following premiums if you qualify for:

  • Carer premium - You or your partner must be entitled to Carer's Allowance even if you are not paid it because you receive another benefit. This premium is payable for each person who qualifies.
  • Disabled Child premium - You must have a dependent child or qualifying young person under 20 years of age who is getting Disability Living Allowance (DLA) or who is registered blind. The premium is paid for each child who qualifies.
  • Enhanced Disability premium - You or your partner must satisfy one of the following:

1. be in the Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) support group

2. be under the qualifying age for pension credit and receiving the high rate care component of the Disability Living Allowance (DLA)

3.  the enhanced daily living component on Personal Independence Payments (PIP).

If you have a partner, you will be paid the couple rate of this premium.

  • Family premium - You must have a dependent child or qualifying young person under 20 years of age.
  • Severe Disability premium - You or your partner must satisfy all of the following:

1. be receiving the care component of Disability Living Allowance (DLA) (middle or higher rate), the enhanced daily living component on Personal Independence Payments (PIP) or Attendance Allowance

2. live alone (there are some exceptions to this rule - please ring 01395 517446 for details)

3. no one else must be getting carer's allowance for looking after you.

In addition to these premiums, you may also get one of the premiums listed below. If you qualify for two of the premiums listed you will get the one that pays you the most.

  • Family Premium Lone Parent rate - This premium is paid instead of ordinary family premium. You can get it if you claimed Housing Benefit before 6 April 1998.
  • Disability premium  - You must be under the qualifying age for Pension Credit and one of the following applies to you or your partner:

1. you are registered blind or have been taken off that register in the past 28 weeks

2. you are getting one of the following qualifying benefits: Attendance Allowance, Disability Living Allowance (DLA), Personal Independence Payments (PIP) long-term Incapacity Benefit (IB), Severe Disablement Allowance (SDA), the disability element or severe disability element of working tax credit, constant attendance allowance.

3. you are the claimant and you have been incapable of work or entitled to statutory sick pay during the qualifying period of 52 weeks (or 28 weeks if you are terminally ill) and are still incapable of work.

If you have a partner you will be paid the couple rate of this premium.

See how much Council Tax Support you could get.

Deductions

Deductions can be made from your Council Tax Support due to non-dependents living with you. A non-dependent person is someone who lives with you (other than your partner), such as an adult son, daughter, relative or friend. So, for example, if you have another adult living with you they will be expected to contribute to your household bills including Council Tax. Therefore we will deduct an amount (depending on their income) for that person from your Council Tax Support. This means that you will receive less Council Tax Support.

Many non-dependants have circumstances that mean there is no deduction taken. For example if they are:

  • under 18 years old,
  • a full-time student,
  • in receipt of Pension Credit
  • receiving Income Support or Job Seeker's Allowance (Income Based) or Income Related Employment and Support Allowance.

Additionally, non-dependant deductions are not made to Council Tax Support if the customer or their partner:

  • are registered blind
  • get Attendance Allowance
  • get the care component of Disability Living Allowance
  • get the Daily Living Component of Personal Independence Payments

No deductions are made in respect of carers provided by a charitable or voluntary organisation.

Council Tax Support - Non-dependant Deductions 2015/16 and 2016/17

Non-dependant's age, income or circumstances

Weekly deductions in 2015/16

Weekly deductions in 2016/17 from 1 April 2016

Under 18 years of age

nil

nil

Full-time students who are not working

nil

nil

On Income Support, Income Related Employment and
Support Allowance or Job Seekers Allowance (Income Based).

nil

nil

In receipt of Universal Credit

nil  nil 

In receipt of pension credit

nil

nil

Aged 18 or over not working and not receiving
Income Support, Income Related Employment and Support Allowance or Job Seekers
Allowance (Income Based)

£3.74

£3.77

Aged 18 or over and in remunerative work with a gross income of:

Weekly deductions in 2015/16

Aged 18 or over and in remunerative work with gross income of:

Weekly deductions in 2016/17 from 1/4/16

less than £189.00

£3.74

less than £195.00

£3.77

£189.00 to £327.99

£7.52

£195.00 to £337.99

£7.58

£328.00 to £407.99

£9.49

£338.00 to £419.99

£9.59

£408.00 or more

£11.36

£420.00 or more

£11.45

 See how much Council Tax Support you could get.