Council Tax Support explained
Council Tax Support is a means tested award, which means we look at your income and capital to work out how much help we provide.
As a general rule, to claim Council Tax Support you need to be responsible for paying Council Tax, but please take a moment to check if you fall into one of the categories below.
The following groups of people cannot claim Council Tax Support
- if you are a pensioner and have over £16,000 in savings - the only exception to this rule is if you are receiving the guarantee element of pension credit
- if you are of working age and have over £8000 in savings
- if you are a full-time student - there exceptions to this rule for students who have children, are aged over 60 or who are disabled;
- if you live in a care home, a nursing home or an elderly person's home - you may still be entitled if you move into a care home on a temporary basis
- asylum seekers who have not been given refugee status or indefinite or exceptional leave to remain in the UK
- people who have been admitted to the UK on condition that they have 'no recourse to public funds'
- sponsored immigrants who have lived here for less than five years
- people who are in the UK illegally or their permission to stay has run out
Council Tax Support scheme in Bury
There are two sets of Council Tax Support rules, one for pensioners and one for working age people.
The Council Tax Support rules for pensioners are set by the government. The rules for working age people have been written and agreed by Bury Council. A full copy of the working age regulations is published below. In summary the two sets of rules are broadly similar, but they have the following differences.
For working age people the maximum amount of Council Tax Support you can receive is the amount of Council Tax charged for a band B property. If you are of working age and you live in a property in a higher Council Tax band any Council Tax Support you receive will not cover the whole of your bill. For pensioners Council Tax Support can cover up the full amount of your Council Tax bill regardless of the size of your property.
There is a minimum weekly amount of Council Tax Support for working age people of £1 per week. If you are of working age and you are entitled to less than £1 per week you cannot get Council Tax support. For pensioners any amount of Council Tax Support will be paid, even if it is less than £1 per week.
The following groups of working age applicants are not affected by the limit placed on the maximum amount of Council Tax Support to the charge for a Council Tax band B property, and the setting of a minimum amount of Council Tax Support of £1 per week.
- People who receive one of the following disability benefits:
- Disability Living Allowance (all care and mobility components)
- Attendance Allowance (all components)
- Personal Independence Payments (all components)
- Employment Support Allowance (Support Related component only)
- People who have caring responsibilities and receive:
- Carers Allowance
- War veterans who are entitled to:
- War Disablement Pension
- War Widows/Widowers allowance
- Armed Forces and Reserve Forces Compensation Scheme
- Lone parents with a child or children aged under 5
- Someone who has suffered a bereavement of a partner or child in the last 12 months. This exemption will last for 12 months from the date of the bereavement