Council Tax Benefit Changes for Havebury tenants
In the past the Government has funded all Council Tax Benefit payments. The Government has cut the amount available in future to help people with their Council Tax.
From 1 April 2013 Council Tax Benefit will be replaced by discounts. Every council must decide its own Localised Council Tax Support Scheme to set how much discount people get on their total Council Tax.
Anglia Revenues Partnership has provided the following information:
Council Tax Benefit will now be called Council Tax Support.
Council Tax Benefit claimants in St Edmundsbury who are of working age will have to pay at least 8.5% of their Council Tax.
Pensioners will not be affected by these changes – please see next page for date people will reach pensionable age.
8.5% will be payable for those on the pass ported benefits – Income support, Income based JSA & ESA.
The second adult rebate will be abolished. (this was a discount for a person who was liable for council tax if they had someone on a pass ported benefit or a low income) People who are of a pensionable age liable to pay council tax will not be affected.
Council Tax Support will be assessed in the same way as Council Tax Benefit.
A claim MUST be made to ARP. Currently people claiming IS/JSA/ESA can make a claim for Council Tax Benefit through their income based claim. ARP has asked the jobcentre to fill out a one page form and send it to ARP.
Tenants can ask St Edmundsbury Borough Council to spread their payments for council tax over 12 months rather than 10. They must do this by 15 April 2013. It advises them they can do this on the back of their bill that will receive shortly.
There is a barcode on the council tax bill that tenants can take to a post office to pay their monthly amounts.
Earliest date men and women can qualify for pension age means-tested benefits
As of 6th March 2012 anyone born before 5th April 1951 qualifies for pension age means-tested benefits (Pension Credit guarantee element and Housing Benefit/Council Tax Benefit for people of pension age).
Dates for people born after this are below.
People born 06/04/51 – 05/05/51 06/05/2012
People born 06/05/51 – 05/06/51 06/07/2012
People born 06/06/51 – 05/07/51 06/09/2012
People born 06/07/51 – 05/08/51 06/11/2012
People born 06/08/51 – 05/09/51 06/01/2013
People born 06/09/51 – 05/10/51 06/03/2013
People born 06/10/51 – 05/11/51 06/05/2013
People born 06/11/51 – 05/12/51 06/07/2013
People born 06/12/51 – 05/01/52 06/09/2013
People born 06/01/52 – 05/02/52 06/11/2013
People born 06/02/52 – 05/03/52 06/01/2014
People born 06/03/52 – 05/04/52 06/03/2014