Since 1 April 2013 local authorities are required to design and run their own schemes for working age people but with significantly less government funding.
This scheme does not apply to people who have reached state pension credit age who will continue to receive the same level of assistance that they would have received had the council tax benefit scheme continued.
Following consultation and approval by full council, a revised scheme will apply from 1 April 2019.
The main changes under the scheme from 1 April 2019
- Council tax support awards for claimants getting universal credit will only be reassessed when changes to their income result in an increase or decrease in their council tax support of more than £2 per week
- The age limit for care leavers to be considered as vulnerable is raised from 22 to 25. Care leavers will be entitled to up to 100% help with their council tax liability
- The capital limit for working age claimants is £6,000