About the Council Tax Reduction

Council Tax Benefit has changed.

From April 2013 councils were given a reduced amount of money to fund local Council Tax Reduction Schemes. Oldham developed a Council Tax Reduction Scheme that is affordable with the reduced level of funding. The council is required to review the scheme on an annual basis.

From April 2016:

Everyone of working age who receives Council Tax Reduction will be asked to pay at least 15% of their council tax bill.

Council Tax Reduction will only be calculated at the rate of a band A property.

This means that claimants who currently live in band B properties and above will be required to pay the difference between a band A property Council Tax and their own Council Tax.

A 15% reduction will be made to all calculations of Council Tax Reduction

This reduction will be made after the maximum payment level (of band A) is calculated. This means that residents living in properties rated band B and above for Council Tax will be asked to pay more than 20% of their council tax bill:

Overall Reductions in Council Tax Support
Council Tax Band
Maximum available Council Tax Reduction to working age claimants
Minimum amount a working age claimant will be asked to pay
A
85%
15%
B
73%
27%
C
64%
36%
D
57%
43%
E
46%
54%
F
39%
61%
G
34%
66%
H
28%
72%

These changes will not affect any claimants over the state pension age.

The exact impact depends on many factors including whether you live alone or with other people, your income – either from work, benefits or allowances, your council tax band and where you live.