From 1 April 2013 the national Council Tax Benefit Scheme has been abolished and all local councils are required to set up a local support scheme to help those on low incomes pay their Council Tax.
Slough Borough Council developed a Local Council Tax Support scheme and all claims from April 2013 to March 2016 have been assessed under this scheme. After a full consultation, Slough Borough Council have updated their Council Tax Support scheme for 2016-17 onwards – all claims from April 2016 will be assessed under the new scheme.
The scheme has not changed for 2017-18 but certain deductions and premiums have been uprated.
All claims for Council Tax support for working age applicants will be assessed using this scheme from April 2017. This was agreed by Members at Cabinet on 19 December 2016.
Persons of pension credit age, war pensioners and people who receive Disability Living Allowance will not be affected by this change and will receive the same level of support as previously.