Council tax support new claim
- Category: Benefits
- Last Updated: 09 October 2015
Local Council Tax Support Scheme (LCTSS) is the councils' scheme to replace Council Tax Benefit in Ryedale. A claimant may be eligible to claim council tax support if they are on low income or in receipt of certain DWP benefits.
The government has abolished the national Council Tax Benefit system and asked councils to introduce a local council tax support scheme in its placet – the Local Council Tax Support Scheme (LCTSS) is the councils' scheme to replace Council Tax Benefit in Ryedale.
All working age people who claim Council Tax Benefit are affected by these changes and have to pay 8.5% of the full Council Tax charge. Although pensioners will move onto the new benefit, they are protected and receive the same amount of support as they did under Council Tax Benefit.
Who can claim Council Tax Support?
You may apply whether you rent or own your home, or live rent-free. You could qualify if you are out of work, or in work and earning a wage. If you have savings, capital or investments with a value of more than £16,000, you will not qualify for support (unless you are getting Guaranteed Pension Credit).
How to make a claim for Council Tax Support?
To make a claim for Council Tax Support you will need to complete a Housing Benefit and Council Tax Support application form. There is one form to claim both Housing Benefit and/or Council Tax Support.
How Council Tax Support is paid?
Any entitlement to Council Tax Support is credited direct to your Council Tax account and an adjustment notice showing the revised balance will be sent shortly afterwards.
If you need further information
If you have any queries about claiming Council Tax Support, contact Benefit Services on 01653 600666 ext 600 or email Benefit Services.
For a more detailed account of these changes and any other questions you may have, download the Council Tax Support Frequently asked questions below.