Local Council Tax Support
If you are on a low income you could be eligible for help towards your Council Tax costs through Local Council Tax Support (LCTS).
Use our online calculator below to find out if you qualify for LCTS and Housing Benefit:
Our Local Council Tax Support scheme 2016/2017 - Key Features
LCTS helps support 6,000 working age Colchester residents and 5,000 of pension credit age. If you are of pension credit age the level of support you receive under LCTS will be assessed in broadly the same way as under the former Council Tax Benefit scheme.
If you are of working age and entitled to LCTS the following key features will apply:
All working age claimants pay a minimum of 20% of their Council Tax bill
The first £25 per week that people earn is not taken into account when calculating LCTS
Back to Work Support provides help to long-term unemployed residents who secure employment by giving them four weeks of Extended Reduction to their Council Tax
The maximum period a claim for LCTS can be back dated is four weeks
There is a flat rate non-dependant deduction of £12 regardless of income or savings
Child Benefit is included as income, whereas Child Maintenance is disregarded, when calculating entitlement
There is a £1.00 per week minimum level of entitlement
The above is an extract of key features. Full details regarding entitlement can be found in . the Local Council Tax Support Policy for 2016/17 [1Mb]