What is Council Tax Benefit?
Council Tax Benefit is the way in which people on low incomes were helped to pay their Council Tax bills.
Changes to the Council Tax Benefit scheme
In April 2013 the Government brought to an end the national Council Tax Benefit (CTB) scheme. To replace it, the Welsh Government, along with Local Authorities, have had to develop their own Council Tax Support scheme to continue to support those on low incomes to pay their Council Tax.
Very little is known at present as to how this scheme will operate, however what is known is that funding for the scheme is going to be lower than its current level. This means that people are likely to receive less CTB than their current award and are, therefore, going to have to make increased contributions towards their Council Tax bills.
Good news from the Welsh Government - Council Tax Benefit
The Welsh Government announced in January 2013 that from 2013 - 2016 it will fund the shortfall in Council Tax benefit that would have seen people lose approximately 10% of their entitlement.
This means that from April 2013 until March 2016, if you are entitled to full Council Tax benefit you will continue to receive this amount.
We are not yet aware of what will happen after this time but will update you as soon as we do. For more detailed information please follow this link to Council Tax information.