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Local Council Tax Support (LCTS)

Local Council Tax Support (LCTS) was replaced the Council Tax Benefit (CTB) scheme from April 2013. All Councils now have their own Local Council Tax Support Scheme with its own eligibility criteria.

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

What is Local Council Tax Support?

The scheme for Gosport.

The local scheme for Gosport has been amended from 1st April 2017. You can read the full version of the 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 will be up to 20% of the current Council Tax liability, which increases to 30% from 1st April 2017.
  • 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.


Housing Benefit

Housing Benefit does not provide assistance with paying mortgages. You may be able to receive assistance paying your mortgage from the Department for Work and Pensions.

 

Always ensure that your name, address and National Insurance number is on everything that you send us.

 

When your entitlement to Housing Benefit has been calculated you will receive a determination letter showing how it has been worked out. You must check this letter carefully and let us know if any of the information used is incorrect. Any award of LCTS will show on your Council Tax bill.

 

You have the right to a review and if necessary a further review of any determination that the Council has made regarding your Housing Benefit or LCTS, however this must be done within strict time scales. You should contact the Benefits Section if you need to know more about this.

 

If your circumstances change you must inform the Benefits Section straight away. Failure to do so may mean that we will take court action against you and if we pay you too much benefit, you will have to repay it.

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