Changes to Council Tax Benefit
The UK Government has abolished council tax benefit (from April 2013). It has been replaced by a new council tax reduction scheme managed by local councils.
The Council Tax Reduction Scheme is no longer defined as a benefit but as a relief, in the same way as discounts and exemptions for Council Tax. Anyone who had a live claim for Council Tax Benefit was automatically transferred over to Council Tax Reduction. As a result, people who currently receive council tax benefit do not have to complete an application form or contact Glasgow City Council unless they have a change in personal or household circumstances. Their Council Tax bill will remain the same, at least for the first year of the change.
From April 2013, any new claim for support for paying your council tax, or after a break, will have to be made direct to the council. An application to Glasgow City Council can be completed online here.
What can you do?
Check your new council tax bill and if you have any queries contact a local Council Tax/Housing Benefit Office or telephone 0141 287 5050.
More information on Council Tax Reduction can be found here