council tax support

  • Council tax reduction


    Council tax reduction reduces the amount of council tax you have to pay if you have a low income. 

    There are other ways to pay less council tax. Check your local authority's council tax discount scheme if you live alone, or someone in the household is a young person, a student or trainee, has a severe mental impairment or is a live-in carer. Check the disability reduction scheme if someone with a disabilty in your household uses an extra room or has space to use a wheelchair.

  • Still too poor to pay: three years of localised council tax support in London


    Still too poor to pay is the latest report from CPAG and Z2K in a series that examines how London council tax support schemes have changed in the last three years and analyses the impact these changes have had on claimants.

    The report offers new data on council tax support provided by local authorities and compares this data with data from the previous years.

    Download the report

  • Too poor to pay: the impact of the second year of localised council tax support in London


    Too poor to pay tracks the impact of the second year (2014-15) of localised council tax support schemes which replaced national council tax benefit in April 2013. Council tax support is for people on low incomes, in or out-of-work, and reduces the amount of their council tax bill they are liable for.

    When the local schemes started up, funding was cut by 10 per cent. To plug the gap, many councils began demanding minimum payments of up to £380 per year from working age residents who had been deemed too poor to pay anything under the previous national scheme.

  • CTR minimum residency rule

    Issue 242 (October 2014)

    In R (Winder and others) v Sandwell MBC,1 the High Court ruled that a local authority could not lawfully adopt a council tax reduction (CTR) scheme that was restricted only to those who had lived in the borough for two years. Michael Spencer discusses the case and its implications for CTR schemes and localised welfare more generally.

    • 1. [2014] EWHC 2617 (Admin)
  • Council Tax Reduction - minimum local residence rule

    Last updated: July 30, 2014
    test case

    (AA and others) v Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council CO/633/2014

    Council tax reduction – minimum local residence rule

    CPAG has won a test case on behalf of three vulnerable women in financial need who were charged a higher rate of council tax by their local authority simply because they only recently moved into the area.  The judicial review case is one of the first test cases on the extent of local authority’s powers and duties in setting up council tax reduction schemes.  

  • A new poll tax?


    In April 2013 the national system of Council Tax Benefit was devolved to local authorities, along with a 10 per cent funding cut. While several London boroughs have found the additional savings needed to bridge this cut in funding, the majority have introduced a Minimum Payment.

  • Families on the brink: welfare reform in London


    London has the highest child poverty rates and highest housing costs in the UK. This means that the capital has been hit particularly hard by changes to the benefits system, particularly cuts to housing benefit. London households have lost almost £7 per week more than the average UK household.

  • Council Tax Handbook


    Council Tax Handbook

    Price £22 (cover price) (Members and CAB Price £20) 
    c.305 pages  ISBN 978-1-910715-02-4

  • Responding to council tax localisation


    The localisation of the council tax scheme, alongside a reduction in funding, will again mean that local authorities will have to make some difficult decisions about who they subsidise going forward.

  • Guide to welfare reforms for local authority staff and their partners


    A (long) plain language guide to welfare reforms for local authority staff and their partners

    A wide reaching programme of welfare reform is underway that will have a significant impact on child poverty levels across local authorities. The scope of the welfare reform programme is broad, and a number of reforms will affect a variety of family types, and for many households, these effects will be cumulative.