From April 2013 every local council had to devise its own local scheme to replace the former national Council Tax Benefit scheme. The government also reduced the amount of money it gave to local councils for this by 10%. Pensioners continue to receive the same level of help under the local schemes as they did under the former national scheme, under the new rules.
The changes meant that anyone in North East Derbyshire who is of working age and who was in receipt of full Council Tax benefit now has to pay at least 8.5% of their Council Tax.
Regulations set by Central Government state that the above changes cannot be applied to claimants of a pensionable age. A person is a pensioner if they have attained the qualifying age for state pension credit and they are not, or, if they have a partner, their partner is not in receipt of income support, income-based jobseekers allowance, income-related employment and support allowance or universal credit.