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    Letter in the post has confirmed that from 1st April 2013 council tax benefit has been abolished. I think those on low income will struggle even more then they are at the moment. I can see more people receiving further costs by the way of a summons. When is this madness going to end..


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    Default Re: Council tax benefit abolished

    It has not been totally abolished but replaced with a locally administered scheme. In my area i will need to pay 8% of my bill but also still keep my 25% single person discount.

    I agree it is madness, benefits have increased by 1% and they were only supposed to be subsistence level anyway.
    This madness won't end until the likes of the daily mail stop clashing all people on benefits as scroungers but at the same time there needs to be public confidence in the system.


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    Default Re: Council tax benefit abolished

    Pensioners will not be affected by the change and can still get up to 100% of their council tax covered.


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    Default Re: Council tax benefit abolished

    Quote Originally Posted by Consumer dude View Post
    Letter in the post has confirmed that from 1st April 2013 council tax benefit has been abolished. I think those on low income will struggle even more then they are at the moment. I can see more people receiving further costs by the way of a summons. When is this madness going to end..


    Old news,it's been discussed in this part of CAGicon in several threadshttp://www.consumeractiongroup.co.uk...efits-and-HMRC

    http://www.consumeractiongroup.co.uk...il-Tax-benefit

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    Default Re: Council tax benefit abolished

    Maybe but in some areas they have only just sent out notifications of how it will work.
    So in that respect it ain't old news


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    Default Re: Council tax benefit abolished

    Had nothing from my local council yet I struggled to pay this year as they said as my son was on the lease he was responsable for 50% of it but he nolonger lives here but left his name on the lease so I can keep my home.


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    Default Re: Council tax benefit abolished

    Incapacity benefit recipient wife severe disabled
    Social housing tenant

    Last year i had to pay 600 of my 1000 ct bill
    This year the bill has risen to 1,049 and i have been given 141 discount meaning i have to pay 908
    an increase of 300


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    Had nothing from my local council yet I struggled to pay this year as they said as my son was on the lease he was responsable for 50% of it but he nolonger lives here but left his name on the lease so I can keep my home.
    Form a council tax point of view this is incorrect, if your son has his main residence elsewhere then he should not be treated as resident at your property (irrespective of any lease) and consequently only you should be libel for the council tax. Which would entitle you to Council Tax Reduction Scheme on 100% of the charge.


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    Default Re: Council tax benefit abolished

    I'd agree with revshelp, if your sons 'sole or main residence' is elsewhere then he's not resident for council tax purposes but it depends on why he has left - the council may be regarding it as his 'sole or main residence' on the basis he has the option to return to the property and his absence is only temporary (this may be the correct determination but you would need to confirm why he left the property and the situation regarding were he is living now).


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