Council tax support

Council Tax Support
As part of the government’s ongoing welfare reforms Council Tax Benefit will be abolished and replaced by Council Tax Support. From April 2013 the government will give the council an amount of money to pay council tax support but has asked them to devise their own schemes. The amount of money given to councils will also be lower than the amount paid in council tax benefit for 2012/13.
All councils have devised their own schemes and the impact on our residents will depend upon in which council area they live. In some areas residents who previously would have been entitled to 100% support will now be asked to pay an amount to their council tax. In other areas the councils have decided to remove some discounts and exemptions for empty properties and will keep maximum council tax support at 100%.
In all council areas pensioners will be protected and will still be eligible for 100% council tax support depending upon their circumstances. There may also be protection for severely disabled residents.
Brief details of the individual schemes can be found below; full information should be available on your council’s website.

Darlington Borough Council
For those of working age, the maximum support available will be 80% of council tax liability. This means that someone who is working age and has an annual bill of £900 will have to pay at least £180.00 per year or £3.46 per week.
They have also removed the 2nd adult rebate that was available. This has been removed due to low numbers of people claiming it.
Full details of the changes can be found here.

http://www.darlington.gov.uk/Advice+and+Benefits/counciltax/CouncilTaxSupport.htm

Durham County Council
For those of working age the maximum council tax support is 100% of the council tax liability, if applicable. This means that someone of working age may still receive full council tax support.
This scheme will be reviewed in 2013/14 and further proposals made for future years.
Further information can be found here.
http://www.durham.gov.uk/pages/pressrelease.aspx?pid=4109&archive=0


Gateshead Council
For those of working age, the maximum possible help is 91.5% of the Council Tax due after discounts. This means that someone who is working age and has an annual bill of £900 will have to pay at least £76.50 per year or £1.47 per week.
Full details can be found here.
http://www.gateshead.gov.uk/Benefits%20and%20Council%20Tax/Benefits/Council-Tax-Support.aspx

Hambleton District Council
For those of working age, the maximum possible help is 91.5% of the Council Tax due after discounts. This means that someone who is working age and has an annual bill of £900 will have to pay at least £76.50 per year or £1.47 per week.
Further information can be found here.

http://www.hambleton.gov.uk/index.php/council-tax-and-benefits/topnav-council-tax/169-lgnl-312/advice-and-benefits/council-tax/2747-2013-2014-important-changes

Newcastle City Council
For those of working age, the maximum possible help is 91.5% of the Council Tax due after discounts. This means that someone who is working age and has an annual bill of £900 will have to pay at least £76.50 per year or £1.47 per week.
Further information can be found here.
http://www.newcastle.gov.uk/benefits-and-council-tax/council-tax/council-tax-changes-1-april-2013

North Tyneside Council
For those of working age, the maximum possible help is 93% of the Council Tax due after discounts. This means that someone who is working age and has an annual bill of £900 will have to pay at least £63.00 per year or £1.21 per week.
Further information can be found here.

http://www.northtyneside.gov.uk/browse-display.shtml?p_ID=539139&p_subjectCategory=1533

Northumberland County Council
For those of working age the maximum council tax support is 100% of the council tax liability, if applicable. This means that someone of working age may still receive full council tax support.
This scheme will be reviewed in 2013/14 and further proposals made for future years.
Further information can be found here.
http://www.northumberland.gov.uk/default.aspx?page=467

South Tyneside Council
For those of working age, the maximum possible help is 70% of the Council Tax due after discounts. This means that someone who is working age and has an annual bill of £900 will have to pay at least £270.00 per year or £5.19 per week.
South Tyneside Council will also offer protection to severely disabled residents and those families with children under the age of 5 years.
Further information can be found here.
http://www.southtyneside.info/article/17117/Council-Tax-benefit-is-changing

Sunderland City Council
For those of working age, the maximum possible help is 91.5% of the Council Tax due after discounts. This means that someone who is working age and has an annual bill of £900 will have to pay at least £76.50 per year or £1.47 per week.
Further information can be found here.

http://www.sunderland.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=6490