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Council tax reduction scheme is changing

Council tax reduction scheme is changing

11 March 2016
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Every council has to operate a council tax reduction scheme to help people on low incomes pay their council tax bills.


Each scheme is different, and will have different rules and levels of award.


Councils have to look at their schemes each year and decide if it’s still appropriate or needs to be changed in any way.


Wokingham Borough Council faces huge financial changes; as a result, the council tax reduction scheme for the Wokingham Borough has been amended.


From 1 April 2016, the following changes apply for people of working age:

  • Everyone on the scheme will pay at least 10 per cent of their council tax bill
  • Council tax reduction will only be paid to the level of a Band D property. If a property is in a higher council tax band residents will only be able to get help up to the cost of a Band D property
  • If residents have other adults living in their property that aren't their partner, they may receive a lower award in the amount of council tax reduction they get


Residents will see these changes in the council tax bills issued this month (March) and will apply from 1 April.


Anyone who would like more information, or advise, should call (0118) 974 6000, email: benefits@wokingham.gov.uk or visit the benefits webpage.