Council Tax Reduction Scheme

The Council Tax Reduction Scheme has replaced the previous Council Tax Benefit scheme.

Working age claimants

  • Reduction: based on 75% of Council Tax liability (restricted to Band D). Most working age claimants now pay at least 25% of their Council Tax.
  • Reduction continues to be based on 100% of Council Tax liability for working age people who:
  • Receive a Severe Disability Premium
  • Have a disabled child
  • Claim a War Disability/ War Widows Pension/ Armed Forces Compensation Scheme payment.
  • Second Adult Rebate has been abolished
  • Maintenance is included as income until April 2016, when it will be disregarded. 
  • Non-dependant charges of £5 per week if the non-dependant does not work and £10 per week if the non-dependant works at least 16 hours per week

People of pensionable age are protected under the new scheme. This means those who do not claim working age benefits are unaffected by the changes. The benefit they receive is broadly the same as the old Council Tax Benefit.

Please read the Local Council Tax Reduction Scheme policy.

Our new Council Tax Reduction Scheme

  • Helps create incentives to get more people into work by ensuring that work always pays
  • Protecting the most vulnerable people
  • Protecting people on pensionable age
  • Delivering fairness to those claiming benefit and to the taxpayer

Equality Impact Assessment (pdf)


Local Council Tax Reduction Scheme Consultation

Tamworth Borough Council is consulting on its Local Council Tax Reduction Scheme and is asking for feedback from the public. One amendment is proposed – that from April 2018, bereavement support payments are disregarded completely as income.  It is also taking this opportunity to gauge opinion on the rest of the scheme which has been in operation since April 1st 2013.

The consultation runs until 10th November 2017.  At the end of the consultation, all responses will be considered by the Cabinet and full Council will finalise the Local Council Tax Reduction scheme from April 2018.

To find out how the proposed changes affect you, click on this link to get an estimate of Council Tax Reduction from April 2018.  

Complete the Local Council Tax Reduction Scheme Consultation here.