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Residents in receipt of Council Tax Support from 1 April 2020 onwards will automatically get up to £150 off their council tax bill as part of the latest measures to relieve financial pressure.
This is aimed at working age families who already qualify for council tax reduction but still have to pay some council tax.
Using the £1.33 million Council Tax Hardship Fund which was provided to us by the government in response to COVID-19, we have automatically applied the discount and are sending revised bills week from 3 August 2020.
If you are working-age and make a new claim for Council Tax Support in 2020/21 we will automatically award a hardship payment of up to £150 if you are entitled to it. There is no need to make a separate hardship payment claim.
If your Council Tax account is now in credit and you:
In 2013 Council Tax Benefit (CTB) changed to Council Tax Support (CTS). In Slough there were no changes to the way you receive your payment, this will still be put onto your Council Tax account and the bill you receive will show the support you have received.
Council Tax Support can help pay towards some, of your Council Tax bill if you are on a low income, even if you own your own home. You can apply for Council Tax Support whether you own your home, rent, are unemployed or working.
Each year Cabinet are legally obliged to approve the Council Tax Support Scheme for working age households even if there are no changes to it. The scheme however has not been changed since 2016.
In January 2020 Slough Borough Council agreed to introduce an income-banded Council Tax Support Scheme for working age people for 2020/21 to replace the complex means test. In order to do this we needed to consult with all residents of the borough and this consultation was carried out between 7 October and 17 November 2019.
Our consultation results confirmed overall agreement with the changes we proposed to the Council Tax Support Scheme. The council has changed the scheme to make it simpler. Income bands will for example allow people to vary their hours at work without losing support. The new scheme will also give applicants more certainty about how much council tax they need to pay, and will result in fewer council tax bills if their income fluctuates within the same band.
Our new scheme considers whether working age people should pay in the region of 20% to 100% of their Council Tax depending on their income and household make up.
For more information on the new scheme please see Calculating your benefit.
We are unable to change the way in which we award Council Tax Support to pension-aged people, as the rules are set by central Government.
Please note that CTS cannot help with water charges. Also it cannot help you pay a mortgage: you will need to contact the Department for Work and Pensions if you need help with this.
If you need any further information or wish to discuss your specific circumstances, please contact the benefits helpline on 01753 475111 or visit MyCouncil.
You can get more information about Housing Benefit and Council Tax Support by visiting the GOV.UK website. If you make a claim for Pension Credit, Universal Credit, Income Support, Jobseeker's Allowance or Employment and Support Allowance you will be invited to also claim Housing Benefit and/or Council Tax Support.
To make a claim for Housing benefit and/or Council Tax Support you can now apply online.
If you already receive Housing Benefit and/or Council Tax Support and your circumstances have changed, please complete the change of circumstances form. This may affect how much Council Tax you have to pay.
We'll send you a revised Council Tax bill showing any changes.
You need to tell us of any changes within one month of the change happening so you don’t lose out on any extra benefit you may be entitled to.
If you have been overpaid support then this will be debited to your Council Tax account and we will send you a revised bill showing your new instalments. If you are entitled to more money this will be credited to your Council Tax account and a revised bill send showing the lower instalments.
A change in circumstances can be relating to you, your partner or anyone else living in your household and can be, for example:
If you or your partner’s income goes up or down or if the income of any other person in your household goes up or down, for example:
If you are not sure whether we need to know about a specific change then please contact us and we will be happy to advise you.
The Council Tax Hardship scheme has been developed to support residents who are suffering hardship and need assistance for a specified period of time to pay their Council Tax. The scheme will only be used for the payment of Council Tax and all payments will be credited to the Council Tax account, no payments will be paid direct to the customer. Please complete the form and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org or return it to PO Box 1032 Slough SL1 3YT.
If you feel that there has been an overpayment of benefit, an underpayment, or if your circumstances have changed you must notify the benefits section immediately.
Or download a form below, and once completed, scan it and email it to email@example.com or return it to PO Box 1032 Slough SL1 3YT.
These are the same as for Housing Benefit - you can view them here Housing Benefit proofs.
If you disagree with a decision that we have made regarding CTS, you will need to write to us and explain why you think the decision is wrong. This should be done as quickly as possible after we have made our decision. We will look at our decision again and we may amend it in your favour. Once we have considered an appeal you will be notified of the decision in writing together with the reasons for the decision.
However, if you do not agree with the decision and wish to appeal further you must at this stage write directly to:
Black Lion House,
45 Whitechapel Road,
London E1 1DU
Tel: 0300 123 2035