A new scheme called Local Council Tax Support (LCTS) will replace Council Tax Benefit from the 1 April 2013. This new support scheme will be different from the current Council Tax Benefit scheme and is not so generous.
This scheme applies only to people of working age. People of pension age will continue to have their LCTS calculated in the same way as they currently have their Council Tax Benefit calculated.
Although the Government has introduced the LCTS scheme, they have reduced the funding that we receive and therefore we have had to reduce the amount of help that we can give working age people towards their Council Tax.
Changes from 1 April 2013
If you currently do not pay any Council Tax you will now have to pay something.
If you already pay Council Tax after your benefit entitlement has been deducted you will have to pay more than you have previously towards your Council Tax.
Council Tax Support will fall by over £1 million in Epping Forest.
If you have questions about this new scheme, come along to one of our Local Council Tax Support surgeries where you can talk to our Benefit and Council Tax team about the scheme and the payment options available to you.
Local Council Tax Support surgeries
- Monday 25 February 2013
Debden, Little Oaks Children’s Centre, IG10 3TD - 1.30pm to 3.30pm
- Tuesday 26 February 2013
Waltham Abbey, Waltham Abbey Town Hall, EN9 1DE - 9.30am to 12.30pm
- Wednesday 27 February 2013
Chigwell, The Limes Centre, IG7 5LP - 9.30am to 4.30pm
- Friday 1 March 2013
Ongar, Ongar Adult Community Learning, CM5 0GA - 9.30am to 11.30am
- Monday 4 March 2013
Buckhurst Hill, Little Buddies Children’s Centre, IG9 5ES - 2pm to 4pm
- Wednesday 6 March 2013
Epping, Epping Forest District Council Offices, CM16 4BZ - 9.30am to 3.30pm
- Thursday 14 March 2013
Waltham Abbey, Hazelwood Children’s Centre, EN9 3EL - 12.30pm to 3pm