Council Tax reduction scheme
The Government has decided to abolish the national Council Tax
Benefit scheme with effect from 1 April 2013. Council Tax benefit
is to be replaced by separate local schemes for residents, which
are devised and administered by individual councils.
In order to reduce the impact this will have on residents, the
Council will implement a local scheme for the 2013/2014 financial
year. For most residents this will be the same as the current
Council Tax benefit provision.
During 2013/2014 most Tower Hamlet's residents will not
experience reductions in Council Tax support if their
circumstances have remained the same.
Council tax reduction
Council tax reduction helps people on low
income with their council tax charge. There are two types of
council tax reduction:
- main council tax reduction
- alternative maximum council tax reduction
The amount of main council tax reduction
awarded varies according to the income, savings and personal
circumstances of the claimant and anyone else living in their
household. The amount of alternative maximum council tax reduction
ignores the claimant’s income and savings and is based upon the
income of other people (but not the partner) living in the
Although the scheme is administered by local
councils the rules used to work out entitlement are decided by
central government. Tower Hamlets benefits service has no
discretion to make changes to those rules.
How to claim
To make a new claim for council tax reduction
you need to complete a Tower Hamlets full claim form. The claim
form must include full details of the claimant's family, household
composition, income and savings. We must see original evidence to
After a claim has been made and put into
payment it is not normally necessary to complete another full form
unless there is a break in your entitlement.
Online claim form
The quickest way to make a claim is to
online claim form as you only have to
answer questions relevant to your circumstances.
To request a paper form
Tel 020 7364 5001
If the claim form is completed and returned within one calendar
month of the date it was requested, then the date it was requested
will be treated as the claim date.
Alternatively you can visit one of the council's One Stop Shops. If the form is completed and
returned within one calendar month of being handed out, then the
date it was requested will be treated as the date of claim.