Localised Council Tax Support Scheme
With effect from 1 April 2013, the Government has abolished the
Council Tax Benefit (CTB) scheme and all local authorities have had
to replace it with their own scheme for working age
claimants. In Broxbourne we call the new scheme Council Tax
What do the changes mean?
Currently the Council receives funding from the Government to
cover the cost of the CTB scheme. Under the new scheme, this
funding is being cut by 10% which means that Broxbourne will
receive around £750,000 less in 2013/14.
Less money means that we have had to make difficult decisions
about who gets financial support and how much we can afford to give
State pension age claimants will still have a CTS scheme
set nationally and will not have their benefit reduced under the
The Government has also specified that a local scheme must ;
- encourage people to find work and,
- that consideration should be given to the most vulnerable when
designing the scheme.
You can use our Council Tax Support
Calculator to work out how you will be affected by the
The Council’s public consultation process on its proposals for a
localised Council Tax Support Scheme ran for an eight week period
from 3 September 2012 to 29 October 2012. A comprehensive
programme of communication and engagement took place and a
residents' survey formed the principal means of gathering responses
to the consultation process. Following analysis and
consideration of the results of the consultation, two amendments
were made to the proposed scheme:-
- The capital limit for claiming Council Tax Support will be
£16,000, as at present, and not be reduced to £6000.
- The taper used in the calculation of Council Tax Support will
be 25% and not 30% as originally proposed.
All other proposals made received general
support during the consultation and, as such, have been
incorporated into the final scheme. The final Council Tax
Support scheme received approval from full Council on the 18
You can read a summary of the scheme on the Council Tax Support Scheme Page