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Council Tax Support

The previous Council Tax Benefit scheme (CTB) ended on 31 March 2013 and was replaced by South Ribble Borough Council’s Council Tax Support Scheme.

The Council’s Scheme has adopted many of the aspects of the previous CTB scheme. Therefore, those with the greatest need will receive the most assistance. This assessment is undertaken using premiums and allowances based on individual circumstances.

Prior to 1 April 2020 there was a minimum charge of £3.50 per week for all working age claimants, regardless of their income, which was taken from any entitlement to support.

From 1 April 2020 there will be no minimum charge applied to working age claimants in receipt of the following:

  • Income Support;
  • Income Related Employment and Support Allowance;
  • Income Based Jobseeker’s Allowance;
  • Universal Credit where the applicant receives the maximum award (and the applicant has no other income apart from disregarded income such as Personal Independence Payments, Disability Living Allowance, Child Benefit, Child Maintenance or War Pension);
  • New Style Job Seeker’s Allowance or New Style Jobseeker’s Allowance and Universal Credit (and the applicant has no other income apart from disregarded income such as Personal Independence Payments, Disability Living Allowance, Child Benefit, Child Maintenance or War Pension); or
  • New Style Employment and Support Allowance or New Style Employment and Support Allowance and Universal Credit (and the applicant has no other income apart from disregarded income such as Personal Independence Payments, Disability Living Allowance, Child Benefit, Child Maintenance or War Pension)

Council Tax Support will be credited directly to your council tax account. The Council Tax Department will send you a bill telling you how much council tax you need to pay.

If you are of pension age or are a couple, both of whom are of pension age, the minimum £3.50 per week charge will not apply.