Council Tax Support - new claim
Local Council Tax Support Scheme
(LCTSS) is the councils' scheme to replace Council Tax Benefit in
From 1 April 2013, the government is abolishing the national
Council Tax Benefit system and asking councils to introduce a local
council tax support scheme to replace it – the Local Council Tax
Support Scheme (LCTSS) is the councils' scheme to replace
Council Tax Benefit in Ryedale.
All working age people who claim Council Tax Benefit will be
affected by these changes and will have to pay 8.5% of the
full Council Tax charge. Although pensioners will move onto the new
benefit, they are protected and will receive the same amount of
support as they did under Council Tax Benefit.
Who can claim Council Tax Support?
You may apply whether you rent or own your home, or live
rent-free. You could qualify if you are out of work, or in work and
earning a wage. If you have savings, capital or investments
with a value of more than £16,000, you will not qualify
for support (unless you are getting Guaranteed Pension
How to make a claim for Council Tax
To make a claim for Council Tax Supportyou will need to
complete a Housing Benefit & Council Tax Support
application form. There is one form to claim both Housing
Benefit and/or Council Tax Support. You can download a
Housing and Council Tax Support
, or if you would prefer, ring the council and
we will post one to you. You can also call in to Ryedale House
pick up a form at the reception desk.
If you need to help to complete the form and you are unable to
visit any of our offices, our Visiting Officer can call and see you
at your home to help you. To request a home visit, you can
telephone the office at Ryedale House on 01653 600666 and ask for
extension 353 or e-mail the Visiting Officer at firstname.lastname@example.org
How Council Tax Support is paid?
Any entitlement to Council Tax Support is credited direct
to your Council Tax account and an adjustment notice showing the
revised balance will be sent shortly afterwards.
If you need further information
If you have any queries about claiming Council Tax
Support, contact Benefit Services on 01653 600666 or email