Birmingham City Council

Council Tax Support Letters

With effect from 1 April 2013, Council Tax Support replaces Council Tax Benefit.


For those of you who were previously claiming Council Tax Benefit , your claim will be automatically transferred to Council Tax Support and a new notification letter will be sent out to you.


These letters may appear to be a little confusing. The following explanations may assist you:


Pensioner

This refers to people who have reached the qualifying age for State Pension Credit.

On the 01 April 2013 this will be someone who was born before 06 October 1951.

They will be excluded from the liability cap and will continue to receive support at the same level as Council Tax Benefit.


Vulnerable


Working age people who have not reached the qualifying age for State Pension Credit but have the greatest need of support.

This refers to:

  • carers,
  • someone with a disability,
  • those in receipt of a war pension,
  • those with dependent children under 6 years of age and
  • those with a disabled child.

They will be excluded from the liability cap and will continue to receive support at the same level as Council Tax Benefit.



Working Age

This refers to people who have not reached the qualifying age for State Pension Credit and who do not fall into one of the groups deemed as vulnerable.

These people will have to make a contribution towards their Council Tax bill.


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