Test Valley Borough Council's Council Tax Support Scheme

Council Tax Support

The government abolished Council Tax Benefit from the 1 April 2013 and asked councils across the country to develop their own schemes to replace it.
The Council implemented a new scheme for Council Tax Support from 1 April 2013.

Council Tax Support Schemes  2013/14 to 2018/19

When deciding on a new Council Tax Support Scheme the Council considered recommendations from Cabinet and feedback from the public and decided not to make any changes from the existing council tax benefit scheme in order to protect those on the lowest incomes.

Council Tax Support Scheme 2019/20 
On 23 January 2019, the Council agreed to amend the Council Tax Support Scheme for 2019/20 whilst continuing to protect the most vulnerable residents.

The following changes to the scheme affect working age customers only:

  • apply a cap of 90% for customers not in receipt of Support Component of Employment Support Allowance or Limited Capacity for Work element of Universal Credit,

  • set the minimum amount of Council Tax Support payable to £1.00 per week,

  • set  a minimum tolerance level for cumulative changes in income of £30.00 per week;   

A full copy of the Council's Council Tax Support Schemes can be found on this page along with an Easy Read Guide.