Local Support for Council Tax (LSCT) replaced Council Tax Benefit from 1 April 2013.
LSCT is a discount off your council tax and is means tested. We take into account things like:
- your income (and your partner’s if you have one)
- if anyone else lives with you
- personal circumstances
Changes in entitlement to a discount
We must be informed within 21 days of any change which may affect the discount - if not, a penalty of up to £70 could be incurred. If you haven't previously told us about a change it will be backdated and you will have to make payment of any arrears promptly.
We no longer issue Local Support for Council Tax entitlement letters.
When you receive your Council Tax bill and you would like your award explaining call in to see a Benefits Advisor or call us on 01723 232372.
Working age customers
Unlike the old Council Tax Benefit scheme, working age customers will now have to contribute something towards their council tax liability.
Pension age customers
Pensioners are protected under the new Local Support for Council Tax scheme and can still receive a maximum 100% discount off their council tax charge.
How much will I get?
Can you help me fill in the claim form?
If you need to get in touch about Local Support Council Tax, please use our dedicated online form.
- Local Support for Council Tax Scheme
- Previous years' schemes
- Document Local Support for Council Tax Exceptional Hardship Payments (EHPs) Policy and Procedure