Local Council Tax Support (LCTS)

Local Council Tax Support (LCTS) has replaced the national Council Tax Benefit scheme and is provided to people on low incomes to help with their Council Tax bill.

LCTS Survey Summer 2019

Uttlesford District Council is considering maintaining the current LCTS scheme for another year in 2020 to 2021 and is asking all Uttlesford residents to comment on the proposals.

Take part in the Local Council Tax Support scheme survey

 

You can apply for Local Council Tax Support if you own your home, rent, are unemployed or working.

What you get depends on:

 

  • where you live - each council runs its own scheme
  • your circumstances (e.g. income, number of children, benefits, residency status)
  • your household income - this includes savings, pensions and your partner's income
  • If your children live with you
  • if other adults live with you


Each year the council must consult on the proposed scheme for the following year.

The results of the consultation on the council's LCTS scheme for 2019 to 2020 were presented to the Scrutiny Committee on 20 November 2018. The Icon for pdf final scheme for 2019/20 [1.13MB] was agreed by Council on 4 December 2018.
 

Local Council Tax Support - Application forms and documents

 

Changes to Council Tax Benefit

From the 1st April 2013 Council Tax Benefit was abolished and replaced instead with a Localised Council Tax Support Scheme (LCTS). This change only affected Working Age claimants. Pensioners are protected from this change.

Each Local Authority gets a fixed yearly payment from Central Government to pay the Local Council Tax Support to the entitled residents. Government funding allocated to councils for LCTS has fallen to below 90% of its previous Council Tax Benefit spend. Uttlesford District Council has worked in conjunction with other Essex Authorities to determine who would be entitled to have their Council Tax charge reduced, taking into account the funding cut and protecting pensioners.

 

Icon for pdf Read the Council Tax Benefit Reforms leaflet [185.88KB]

Who is affected by the current Scheme?

 

Go straight to our other related services

►  What evidence do I need to support my claim?
►  I disagree with the amount of my reduction, can I appeal?
►  Report a change of circumstances
►  Help for those suffering financial hardship
►  Icon for pdf Council Tax Exceptional Hardship Policy [167.32KB]
 

Additional Information

Applying for a Council Tax Reduction (external link)
►  More information on how the Local Council Tax Support Scheme was agreed