Changes to Council Tax Benefit
Council Tax Benefit, the discount that some people received when paying their Council Tax, ended in April 2013. It has been replaced by new arrangements in each local council.
The new local schemes have had to take into account a 10% cut in funding from central government.
This has meant that if you used to pay a reduced Council Tax, you may now be paying more under the new system. If you previously received full Council Tax Benefit and paid no council tax at all, you may now be paying some under the new arrangements. The amount you are asked to pay will depend on your local council.
Your local council will have written to you about this and you should contact them with any questions you may have about your Council Tax.
Please note that if you are paying more Council Tax through the new scheme in your area, it is still essential to pay your rent. If you get into arrears, you could risk losing your home.
Who has been affected?
This will vary according to your local council. It may have affected you if you used to pay a reduced Council Tax or even if you paid nothing under the previous Council Tax Benefit system.
Who has not be affected by the new local Council Tax arrangements?
If you are a pensioner, you will not have been affected by this change.
What can you do if you are affected?
If you are concerned about paying your Council Tax, contact your local council.
If your income is reduced through this change and you need advice on budgeting, you can get support from your local Citizens Advice Bureau.
How can I find out more?
We have provided links below to the Council Tax web pages of all the local councils where Paradigm provides homes. Click the link to your local council to find out more about any changes in your area.
You can check what benefits you are entitled to through this benefits adviser.
More information about benefits is available from My Advice Gateway.
For support and guidance around budgeting, contact or visit your local Citizens Advice Bureau