Council Tax Support scheme

From 1 April 2013 the national Council Tax Benefit (CTB) scheme was abolished. All councils including Bromley have replaced it with their own local scheme called Council Tax Support (CTS).

Council Tax Support (CTS) is a local welfare benefit which helps working age people on a low income pay their council tax.

There are two types of Council Tax Support:

  • Main Council Tax Support is for people who are on a low income
  • Second Adult Rebate is for people who may not have a partner but who share their home with someone who is over 18, is on a low income and does not pay rent.

Council Tax Support is means tested. This means that we have to take into account your income, savings and investments when deciding whether you are entitled.

The scheme does not apply to retirement age pensioners who continue to receive the same level of support they would have received had the Council Tax Benefit scheme continued.

Current scheme

From 1 April 2016 our scheme has provided working-age claimants with support of up to 75 percent of their council tax liability. Therefore, all working age residents will be required to pay a minimum of 25 percent of their liability.

Any support awarded is credited directly to the council tax account with a new bill issued to confirm the revised amount to pay. 

View the Council Tax Support Consultation report 2017/18

View the Council Tax Support Scheme equality impact assessment

View the Council Tax Support scheme policy document.

Contact us to make a claim for Council Tax Support.

Have your say

Council Tax Support consultation

We asked for your views on the Council Tax Support scheme for 2018/19 and whether the minimum contribution for working age claimants should remain at 25% of their council tax liability.

The consultation closed on 6 October 2017. Thank you to all those who responded.

The responses to the consultation are included in the 2018/19 Council Tax Support consultation report and this was reported to councillors in December 2017 as part of the decision making process.

The Executive Committee considered the report and recommended that the scheme remain unchanged from that in place for 2017/18.

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