Council Tax Reduction Scheme has changed to Council Tax Support from 1st April 2020

From 1 April 2020  Council Tax Support (CTS) has replaced the Council Tax Reduction Scheme (CTRS). This makes the support we give residents to pay council tax simpler and fairer. If you were on CTRS you’ll automatically be moved onto CTS.  

If you’re a pensioner, the support you receive now will not change. 

This is how CTS will differ to our current Scheme:   

  1. A change in support for families with young adults living at home: If you’re a parent or carer and have a young adult living with you, we won’t reduce the amount of council tax support you receive until they reach the age of 25. However, we will ask you to pay something towards council tax if young adults aged 25 and over are living with you and earning over £86 a week. 
  2. More financial support for working families with children: If you work at least 16 hours a week, we’ll ask you to tell us what your childcare costs are because we will take them into account when we calculate your discount and the amount we ask you to pay. 
  3. More financial support for residents with disabilities: If you currently receive a disability benefit like Personal Independence Payment (PIP) or Disability Living Allowance (DLA), or if you look after someone and receive Carer’s Allowance, you’ll get more support to pay your council tax than residents who don’t receive a disability benefit. 
  4. We’ve made the scheme fairer for residents on Universal Credit: If you’re on Universal Credit, you’ll be able to backdate your CTS claim to the first day you started receiving UC. 
  5. We’re introducing income bands: If your income goes up and down, as long as your income stays within the same band, the amount of council tax you pay won’t change. The income bands will be based on London Living Wage.