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Council tax support

Changes to the Council Tax Support scheme from 1 Apr 2023

From 1 April 2023 Somerset West and Taunton Council will combine with Somerset County Council and the other District Councils in Somerset (Mendip District Council, Sedgemoor District Council and South Somerset District Council) to create the new Somerset Council.

In preparation for the councils merging, Somerset County Council have agreed a new aligned Council Tax Reduction (support) Scheme for the new council area which will come into effect from 1 April 2023. For more information about the new scheme please visit the Somerset County Council website.

If you have to pay Council tax and you are on a low income, you could get council tax support.

The rules for council tax support depend on whether you are of working age or you have reached the age for state pension credit.

Pensioners

We will work out council tax support under a scheme decided by the Government. The most you will get will be based on the council tax you pay for your home.

If you don’t qualify for council tax support in your own right, you could get second adult rebate. If the person who shares your home is:

  • aged 18 or over
  • not a boarder or sub-tenant
  • not your spouse or partner
  • not paying Council tax themselves
  • on a low income

... you may be able to get a rebate of up to 25% of what you have to pay.

You will not get council tax support if you have more than £16,000 in capital or savings (unless you get guarantee credit).

People of working age

For people of working age, we will work out council tax support using our local income band scheme. You will have to pay at least 20% of your council tax bill.

If you live in a property that is either band E, F, G or H, we work out support based on council tax payable for a band D property. This means the most we can give will be 80% of the council tax payable for a band D property.

If you live in a band A, B, C or D property, the maximum council tax support will be 80% of your council tax bill.

You will not get council tax support if you have more than £6,000 in capital or savings.

We cannot award council tax support if you are a student unless you:

  • are under 21 and not in higher education and you started a course before you became 19
  • are a lone parent, disabled or you get income support, income-based jobseekers’ allowance or income-related employment and support allowance
  • have a partner who is not a student

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