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Gosport Borough Council



Local Council Tax Support (LCTS)

What is Local Council Tax Support?

Local Council Tax Support (LCTS) provides financial help for people on a low income with their Council Tax bill. All Councils now have their own Local Council Tax Support Scheme with its own eligibility criteria.

Go to the 'Make A Claim'page if you want to apply.

What is Council Tax?

Council Tax is set by the Council based upon the value of your property. Your home is placed in one of eight valuation bands based upon its value as at 1st April 1991.

The Council is responsible for collecting Council Tax and this money helps fund local public services including things like Refuse collection, Fire, Police and Education. Gosport Council only keeps 14% of the money collected; the remainder is passed to Hampshire County Council, Fire and Police Authorities.

You can read more about Council Tax here

The scheme for Gosport.

The local scheme for Gosport has been amended from 1st April 2019. You can read the full version of the 2019-20 scheme here. You can also read our Exceptional Hardship Policy here.

Our approved scheme:

  • Maintains the protections for our vulnerable customers, including income disregards for child benefit and maintenance, additional premiums for families and the disabled.
  • Continues with our local 100% income disregard for all monies received in respect of war widows and war disablement pensions, thereby meeting the Armed Forces Covenant.
  • Continues to support customers when they enter work or increase their hours. We will do this by continuing “extended payments” for a period of 4 weeks and by having a shortened claim process if you are returning to benefit after a short temporary job.

The main changes are as follows:

  • The total amount of benefit that a person will be entitled to will reduce, and every customer of working age will have to pay towards their Council Tax Bill. The reduction is 30% of the current Council Tax liability.
  • Benefit for Customers living in higher banded properties will be restricted to the lower of their entitlement, which has been calculated with a 30% reduction, or the equivalent of a Band C Council Tax charge after applying any discount.
  • Second adult Rebate will no longer be available to working age Customers.
  • If a customer fails to provide information or evidence for their claim, then after the Council has made one written request and two further reminders. the Council will terminate the claim without  further warning.

If you would like further information about LCTS, please contact the Benefit Section on 02392 545325 or email us at benefits@gosport.gov.uk. To apply for Exceptional Hardship Payments, please complete and return this form.

Who can apply for LCTS?

You can claim LCTS if you are the named person liable to pay the Council Tax, and you are on a low income. You do not have to be receiving Income Support or Job Seekers Allowance to claim it. If you are a joint tenant, we may also be able to help you with your share of the Council Tax. You can submit your claim on-line.