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Local Council Tax Support

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 one month
  • 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 £2.00 per week minimum level of entitlement
  • If you reside in a property that is in Council Tax band D, or above, you will still receive support but to a maximum of band D

The above is an extract of key features. Full details regarding entitlement can be found in pdf icon The Local Council Tax Support Policy for 2018/19 [1Mb]

Use our online calculator below to find out if you qualify for LCTS and Housing Benefit:

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