Benefit Consultation

Council Tax Support – Consultation for 2019/20

The Government abolished Council Tax Benefit on 1 April 2013 and both Taunton Deane Borough Council (TDBC) and West Somerset Council (WSC) replaced it with a local Council Tax Support scheme that took into account the reduction in Government funding. 
On 1 April 2019, both TDBC and WSC will be replaced by Somerset West and Taunton Council and the new Council will need its own Council Tax Support scheme that will be applied consistently for the whole area. 
While Council Tax Support is a local scheme, we are not allowed complete freedom on the rules we must apply. Central Government set the scheme for pension-age applicants and they will not be not be directly affected by any changes
Our proposed Council Tax Support scheme for people of working age has similar rules to the schemes currently used by TDBC and WSC, although we are proposing some changes.
Everyone liable to pay Council Tax pays for the Council Tax Support scheme through their Council Tax payments. Therefore, it is important to get the views of all Council Tax payers regardless of whether you receive Council Tax Support or not.
People who are of state pension credit age will not be affected by any changes and will continue to receive Council Tax Support under the rules that apply in the national scheme. 
Any changes to the scheme will directly affect working-age households receiving Council Tax Support from April 2019 onwards.
We need to ask for people’s views before making any final decisions on our Council Tax Support scheme for working age people from 1 April 2019.
So you have all the information you need to provide informed answers, the background to our preferred choices for consultation as well as information about our current Council Tax Support scheme are available on the right hand side of this page under related downloads.

Complete the Council Tax Support Consultation online.

The consultation period will end on 10 September 2018.