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More about the Welsh Government’s council tax reduction scheme and how it affects you

In February 2012 the Welsh Government asked people their views on plans to introduce a new scheme to support people with their council tax when the Government ends the council tax benefit scheme in March 2013.

Welsh Government produced a consultation document called ‘Providing Support for Council Tax in Wales’ which can be viewed at the following link: - http://wales.gov.uk/consultations/localgovernment/ctsupport

The results of the consultation were used to help design the new council tax reduction scheme and decide how it would be operated.

In September 2012 the Welsh Government released a draft document, which contained details about the new scheme. This document can be found at the following link: - http://wales.gov.uk/consultations/localgovernment/countaxred

Some of the key points in this document are:

  • The introduction of a limit on the amount of council tax reduction a household can receive

Under the current scheme households with low incomes can get 100% of their council tax paid for by the Government. Under the new scheme a limit will be introduced by Welsh Government. This will mean that everyone will have to pay between 10%-20% of their council tax bill.

  • Removing Second Adult Rebate

Under the current scheme if you are the only person liable to pay council tax but live with someone aged over 18 who is on a low income, you may be able to get help with your council tax bill. Under the new scheme you will not get this help and will need to pay the full amount.

The document also detailed the limited powers that the council will have over the scheme within Bridgend.


What changes can the council make to the scheme?

The council can:

  • Increase the standard extended payment period of 4 weeks given to people after they return to work, when they have been getting a qualifying benefit.

Currently people who return to work after getting an out-of-work benefit can, if they qualify, get an extra 4 weeks’ council tax benefit at the same rate. In 2011/12, the council paid approximately £29,500 in extended benefit payments.

  • Not take into account part, or the whole amount, of War Disablement Pensions and War Widows Pensions when calculating income.

The council currently does not take into account the income that people get from War Disablement Pensions and War Widows Pensions when deciding if they can get council tax benefit. In 2011/12 the council paid an additional £21,500 to these customers.

  • In certain circumstances, backdate for longer than the standard 3 months the council tax reduction of someone who has just claimed.

The council can currently backdate council tax benefit for up to six months in certain circumstances. In 2011/12, the council paid approximately £37,700 in backdated council tax benefit. Under the new scheme, the council can decide to allow backdating for 3 months in certain circumstances, and will have the discretion to backdate claims for a longer period.

The council will have to fund these changes if we decide to be more generous than the standard scheme.

What Bridgend County Borough Council will adopt is yet to be decided and this will depend on the cost of the options and the feedback from this consultation.

How could this scheme affect me?

For indication purposes only, below are approximate examples, based on 2012/13 council tax charges.

Example 1
If you live in a Band A house, under the new system, if you are the only adult in the property, your annual council tax bill would increase by a minimum of £65-£129. If there is more than 1 adult in the property, your annual council tax bill would increase by a minimum of £87-£174.

Example 2
If you live in a Band B house, under the new system, if you are the only adult in the property, your annual council tax bill would increase by a minimum of £76-£151. If there is more than 1 adult in the property, your annual council tax bill would increase by a minimum of £101-£202.

Please note these examples do not take into account any increase in council tax charges for 2013/14.

Last Updated: 26/02/2016
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