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Are you entitled to a Council Tax Reduction?

Council Tax Reduction maximum income levels 2014-2015

Use the tables below as a rough guide to see if you qualify. They show the highest net weekly income at which you can get help based on Council Tax Band A (£1019.98) and Band D (£1529.97), these are illustrative figures only.

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Households without children

Household 18-24
Band A
18-24
Band D
25-59
Band A
25-59
Band D
60- 64
Band A
60- 64
Band D
65+
Band A
65+
Band D
Single Person

131.30

168.30

146.35

183.35

222.30

259.30

239.10

276.10

Couple

212.30

261.60

212.30

261.60

325.10

374.40

345.80

395.10

Households with children

Household 18-24
Band A
25-59
Band D
60- 64
Band A
65+
Band D
Single Parent with 1 child

230.13

267.13

306.08

359.88

Single Parent with 2 children

296.46

333.46

372.41

426.21

Single Parent with 3 children

362.79

399.79

438.74

492.54

Single Parent with 4 children

429.12

466.12

505.07

558.87

Couple with 1 child

296.08

345.38

408.88

478.88

Couple with 2 children

362.41

411.71

475.21

545.21

Couple with 3 children

428.74

478.04

541.54

611.54

Couple with 4 children

495.07

544.37

607.87

677.87

If you are in employment, add the following amounts to the above weekly incomes:

Earnings disregards

Claimant type Amount
Single Person

£5.00

Couple

£10.00

Single Parent

£25.00

Additional Earnings disregards

Claimant type Number of hours worked weekly Amount
  • *Single Parent
  • *Couple with Children
  • *Disabled People
  • *Certain People aged 50 or over
working at least 16 hours per week

£17.10

  • *Single Person (aged 25 or over)
  • *Couple (at least one aged 25 or over) without children
working at least 30 hours per week

£17.10

*Please note that these are in addition to the Single, Couple and Single Parent amounts

Notes

  1. If you are 60 or over then the total income figure from the above table may not apply to you straight away due to the equalisation of pension age.

  2. Certain types of income are disregarded when the reduction is calculated. The most common types of income that are disregarded are child benefit, disability living allowance, personal independence payments, mobility allowance, maintenance received for a child, war disablement pension, war widows pension, attendance allowance, certain types of expenses paid to employed earners and voluntary workers. (There are lots of other less well known types of income that are disregarded. Please contact the Council if you need advice.)

  3. Your net weekly income is after deducting any tax and national insurance payments and 50% of any payment to a pension scheme.

  4. If you have more than £16,000 worth of capital assets you will not be entitled to benefit. If you have more than £6,000 for every £250 or part £250 above £6,000 we have to add £1 to your weekly income. However, if you are aged 60 or over the first £10,000 is disregarded and £1 will be added for every £500 between £10,000 and £16,000.

    Please note that if you are in receipt of Guarantee Credit then the capital limit of £16,000 does not apply.

  5. Students cannot normally get a Council Tax Reduction under this scheme, but if you are:

    1. a pensioner
    2. a lone parent
    3. disabled
    4. you receive income support
    5. income based job seekers allowance
    6. you are responsible for a child
    7. or under 19 on a further education course,

    you could be entitled to a reduction. If you are living together as husband and wife and one partner is not a student you may qualify.
  6. Second Adult Rebate (Alternative Council Tax Reduction). If you have other people aged over 18 living with you who do not pay you rent you may be able to claim Second Adult Rebate. You must be the only person liable to pay council tax for your home and you must be single or have a partner who is entitled to discount. Second Adult Rebate is calculated by reference to the total gross income of all other adults in your property. Your own income (and that of your partner if you have one) is not counted.

    Please note that Second Adult Rebate is an alternative reduction scheme. You cannot receive a reduction under the main Council Tax Reduction Scheme and the Alternative Council Tax Reduction Scheme at the same time. If you do have entitlement to both you will be awarded the one which is greater.

For further information

  • Contact: Benefit Team
  • Telephone: 01768 810066
  • Email: benefits@eden.gov.uk
  • Fax: 01768 890470
  • Address: Eden District Council, Town Hall, Penrith, Cumbria CA11 7QF

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