Citizens Advice Bracknell & District Coronavirus Impact Report 2020-21
17 Mar 2021
Big Energy Savings Week 2020
22 Jan 2020
Big Energy Savings Week 2019
08 Jan 2019
Who is liable to pay Council Tax?
Anyone living in a property who is 18 and over is normally responsible for the council tax, for example:
Joint responsibility exists for:
Even though there may be jointly responsible for payment, a bill may be addressed in just one name. Bracknell Forest Council website gives more details on who should pay council tax.
Certain people are not counted when working out the number of adults who live in your property. For a full list see BFC website on discount.
By law, someone who has been medically certified, by a doctor, as having a permanent condition and that it affects their intelligence and social functioning (e.g., Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, severe learning difficulties or even a stroke, but many other conditions may apply) and they’re eligible for at least one of the following benefits:
is ‘disregarded for council tax purposes’ in England, Scotland and Wales.
It means you can claim:
Other Discounts for Council Tax
There has been no change in the council tax discount scheme for residents of pension age residents or those of working age based on income this year.
As with last year, the maximum discount a person of working age could receive off their council tax is 80%, regardless of their circumstances.
The eight discrete income bands also remain the same. Only those in a “vulnerable group” or has an award of Disability Premium, Enhanced Disability Premium or Severe Disability Premium are in Band 1 with a discount of 80%.
Band 2, a reduction of 75%, covers those who receive income-based benefits unless you receive maintenance for their child/ren (or a total weekly income of less than £80).
The other six bands cover weekly income from £80 up to £440 per week (with a discount of 70% – 20%). For more detail see BFC website on local council tax discount scheme.
You may be eligible for more than one type of discounts such as sole occupancy and working-age income discount.
You can appeal decisions for the discount scheme.
Discretionary Hardship Fund
Also, there is a discretionary hardship fund. Support from this fund is available for households where financial hardship has been caused by changing circumstances. This change will have created a council tax bill that you are unable to meet.
Because this is a discretionary scheme, you cannot appeal any decision.
If you have any change in circumstances, whether, of working age or pension age, you must inform the council as it may affect your discount.
Citizens Advice can help you with benefits advice, or you can check your full entitlement at EntitledTo website. Or you can contact Citizens Advice Bracknell & District via Advice line South on 03444 111 306 or pop in and see us