Council tax - support scheme

What is Council Tax Support?

Council Tax Support helps people who have a low income, or no income, to pay their Council Tax. The proposed changes to our Council Tax Support Scheme will affect working age claimants.

Pensioners are protected under separate legislation, and are not affected by our Council Tax Support Scheme, or our proposed changes that are the subject of this consultation process.

Why are you consulting about the Council Tax Support Scheme?

We are proposing changes to our Council Tax Support Scheme so that from 1st April 2016…

It addresses the Government’s Welfare Reform changes

The Government has introduced some Welfare Reforms since 2013. There are also further proposed changes expected in 2016/17 that will affect Council Tax Support claimants. Changes include:

  • the introduction of Personal Independence Payments and Universal Credit
  • a four year freeze on many working age benefits
  • changes to the Tax Credits regime which will reduce the level of Tax Credits that claimants can receive
  • the potential removal of the Family Premium from the Housing Benefit Regulations
  • the potential reduction in the backdating time limit in the Housing Benefit Regulations which may reduce the limit from six months to one month.

The proposed changes to our Council Tax Support Scheme for 2016/17 are necessary to:

  • make sure that people who are receiving Personal Independence Payments or Universal Credit are treated fairly under our scheme
  • make sure that our Council Tax Support Scheme is automatically updated to reflect the cost of living without the need for further consultation
  • provide some protection for families with the amount of help they can get.

It remains fair year on year

To make sure that it updates automatically in line with Government changes to Housing Benefit rules to reflect the cost of living, so that our scheme remains fair year on year, without the need for further consultation each time there is a change.

It is affordable 

To make sure that the scheme is affordable and manageable for the Council within the resources it has available.

Our scheme must be agreed before 31st January 2016 for it to take effect from 1st April 2016.

It is important that Derby residents and stakeholders give us their views to help shape our Council Tax Support Scheme from 1st April 2016. We will consult with you from 16th October 2015 until 10th December 2015.

This eight week consultation period supports budget setting processes within the Council and the local police and fire authorities.

How can I have my say?

You can give your views on our proposed Council Tax Support Scheme on our Your City Your Say page

For those who cannot get online at home, there are public computers available in the Council House, Corporation Street, Derby and in local libraries.

If you would prefer to complete a paper feedback form, if you need this information in another format or if you have any questions about this consultation, please email or phone 0333 200 6900.

Further information and advice

Find out more about the proposed changes to the Council Tax Support Scheme with our Frequently Asked Questions

For advice on budgeting, welfare support, benefits and debt, visit our Money Advice page and the Money Advice Service website

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Contact details

Post address:
Customer Service Centre
The Council House
Corporation Street
Phone: 0333 200 6900
Minicom: 01332 640666
Customer Service Centre
The Council House
Corporation Street