Council tax support scheme policy

If you wish to apply for Council Tax Support then please see our benefits pages.

Horsham District Council Tax Support Scheme Policy (pdf 83.39KB)

Horsham Council Tax Support Regulations (pdf 1.08MB)

Consultation 

There are currently no consultations regarding the Horsham Council Tax Support scheme.

 

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

What is council tax support?

From 1 April 2013, the government abolished the national council tax benefits system and asked councils to introduce a local council tax support scheme to replace it. The government also reduced funding for this by around 10%. 

Our council tax support is a means-tested benefit that helps people on a low income pay their council tax. It is administered by local councils using rules set nationally and locally. Claimants have their council tax bill reduced by the amount of their support.

We have adopted our own scheme.

Will any groups be protected from the changes?

From 1 April 2013, the government abolished the national council tax benefits system and asked councils to introduce a local council tax support scheme to replace it. The government also reduced funding for this by around 10%.

Our council tax support is a means-tested benefit that helps people on a low income pay their council tax. It is administered by local councils using rules set nationally and locally. Claimants have their council tax bill reduced by the amount of their support.

We have adopted our own scheme.

What are the changes?

From 1 April 2013, the government abolished the national council tax benefits system and asked councils to introduce a local council tax support scheme to replace it. The government also reduced funding for this by around 10%.

Our council tax support is a means-tested benefit that helps people on a low income pay their council tax. It is administered by local councils using rules set nationally and locally. Claimants have their council tax bill reduced by the amount of their support.

We have adopted our own scheme.

Who will these changes affect?

From 1 April 2013, the government abolished the national council tax benefits system and asked councils to introduce a local council tax support scheme to replace it. The government also reduced funding for this by around 10%.

Our council tax support is a means-tested benefit that helps people on a low income pay their council tax. It is administered by local councils using rules set nationally and locally. Claimants have their council tax bill reduced by the amount of their support.

We have adopted our own scheme.

Who will be able to get council tax support?

From 1 April 2013, the government abolished the national council tax benefits system and asked councils to introduce a local council tax support scheme to replace it. The government also reduced funding for this by around 10%.

Our council tax support is a means-tested benefit that helps people on a low income pay their council tax. It is administered by local councils using rules set nationally and locally. Claimants have their council tax bill reduced by the amount of their support.

We have adopted our own scheme.

How much will I have to pay?

It is likely that many Working Age people who qualify for Council Tax Support will have to pay more than they did for the year 2013/14.

Pensioners who currently qualify for Council Tax Support are protected.

Use our online calculators to find out how much you have to pay.

Will I have to reapply?

If you currently receive Council Tax Support you will not have to reapply under the new scheme. You will automatically be reassessed using the new rules.

What are my appeal rights?

There will no longer be a right of appeal to a Social Security Appeal tribunal. Appeals will now be heard by a Valuation tribunal, although there is no right of appeal against the principles of the Council Tax Support Scheme.

What is I cannot afford to pay this council tax?

The authority strongly encourages you to seek advice (Citizens Advice Bureau or The Money Advice Service, for example) and/or speak with the Revenues Team to make an arrangement to pay the Council Tax due. 

The authority has a responsibility to all Council Tax payers in the District to collect Council Tax due. 

Payments may be made by up to 12 instalments in any one tax year. If you wish to pay in installments, you should contact the revenues team to arrange this.