Bath & North East Somerset Council is proposing to make some changes to the Local Council Tax Support scheme for working age people. Council Tax Support helps people on low incomes by reducing the amount of Council Tax they have to pay.
Bath & North East Somerset Council, like every other council, had to put in place a Local Council Tax Support scheme to replace Council Tax Benefit from April 2013.
The Government specified that pensioners should see no changes to their entitlement under the local schemes, but gave Councils the discretion to implement rules applicable to people of working age.
A local scheme, which took into account a reduction in government funding, was implemented in Bath and North East Somerset in April 2013. The scheme currently provides financial support of around £5.2 million a year to working-age claimants. The scheme was further amended in April 2017 to introduce specific rules for people who receive Universal Credit, where a reduction would be based on a set percentage in liability depending on whether the applicant’s weekly income fell within a specified range.