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Council tax support

Council Tax Support is the way that we help residents on a low income to pay their Council Tax.

Every council in England has to devise their own Council Tax Support scheme. St Albans City and District Council decided to make their Council Tax Support scheme the same as the old Council Tax Benefit scheme.  This means residents can receive a discount of up to 100% of the Council Tax charge for the property.

From April 2019 we have introduced a new Council Tax Support scheme for residents who are also claiming Universal Credit.

This does not apply to pensioners and people of working age who do not claim Universal Credit. Their entitlement will continue to be calculated under the original scheme.

Council Tax Support scheme for those claiming Universal Credit. 

This scheme looks purely at whether a Universal Credit claimant is working and if so, what their net monthly earnings are. We will receive this information directly from the Department for Work and Pensions. 

Our scheme has a series of 'income bands' and we will work out a claimant's entitlement to Council Tax Support based on what band their earned income falls within. A banded scheme means that small changes in a claimant's income will not necessarily change their entitlement to Council Tax Support. 

Income bands and assessed contribution towards Council Tax for those claiming Universal Credit and Council Tax Support - 2024/25
(Earnings figure is combined earnings of claimant
and partner, if applicable)


Income bands – monthly earningsContribution towards Council Tax (monthly)
Not in work or earning less than £350 per month£0
Earning £350 to £714.99 per month£45
Earning £715 to £1,359,99 per month£95
Earning £1,360 to £2,164,99 per month£140
Earning £2,165 to £2,784,99 per month£215
Earning £2,785 to £3,409.99 per month£280
Earning over £3,410 per monthNo entitlement to Council Tax Support

Our scheme will only look at a claimant's earned income. We ignore any Universal Credit or any other income which the claimant receives. 

What we think that the advantages of this scheme are:

  • It gives stability to those whose wages fluctuate by a small amount each month.
  • People who are receiving Universal Credit but not working or only earning a small amount will receive a full discount (subject to any non-dependent deductions).
  • It is less complex and easier for applicants to understand.
  • It allows claimants to earn more money without it necessarily increasing Council Tax payments.
  • It will be simpler to administer and may allow the council to make savings in administration costs. 

How to apply for Council Tax Support

Apply for Council Tax Support

More information

What happens next?

We will write to you and let you know the outcome of your claim. We call this a decision notice. Please read your letter carefully to check everything is correct. If there is anything you do not understand, the document below may help.

If you do not agree with the decision on your claim, you can ask us to explain, to look at it again or you can appeal against the decision.