Please note: the way we calculate Council Tax Benefit has changed with effect from 1 April 2013 and is now called Council Tax Reduction Scheme.
From April 2013 every local council has to devise its own local scheme to replace the former national Council Tax Benefit scheme. The government has also reduced the amount of money it gives to local councils for this by 10%.
Pensioners must receive the same level of help under the local schemes as they did under the former national scheme, under the new rules.
The changes means that anyone in North East Derbyshire who is of working age and who was in receipt of full Council Tax benefit will now have to pay at least 8.5% of their Council Tax.
Those working age people who did not receive full benefit, will receive less under the new scheme.
The new scheme is designed to be the same as the former national scheme, with one exception - for working age people only 91.5% of their Council Tax will be eligible to receive a reduction.
The Council Tax Reduction Scheme is intended to help people who are on low incomes to pay their Council Tax.
We will assess both your income and your council tax liability, in accordance with the maximum percentage as above. Generally, the higher your income is, the less benefit you will receive.
We have written to everyone affected by these changes, but please contact us using the telephone number below if you have any further queries.