- If you’re income has reduced you should:
- Click here and then click on the ‘Council tax’ reduction box and enter your details into the Online Calculator to find out if you qualify for Council Tax Reduction.
- If you currently receive a council tax reduction you should:
- Get in touch with us as soon as possible if there are any changes to your circumstances. Click here and then click on the 'Report a change' button and fill in the form. We will then be able to make sure you’re given the correct discount.
- If you’re unable to keep up your Council Tax payments:
- Click here and scroll to the bottom of the screen to the ‘Council Tax General Enquiries’ blue box. Please complete the form outlining your current difficulty and any payment proposals.
As part of a number of measures to provide support during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the basic element of Working Tax Credit has been increased by £1,045 to £3,040 from 6 April 2020 until 5 April 2021.
The amount a claimant or household will benefit from will depend on their circumstances, including their level of household income, however the increase could mean up to an extra £20 each week. For more information, please visit -www.gov.uk/government/news/increase-to-working-tax-credits-what-this-means.
Council Tax Reduction regulations have been amended from 6th April. Therefore, in line with these changes to increase earnings disregards (this is a certain amount of earned income that is not taken into consideration when determining eligibility for benefits), customers receiving the additional Working Tax Credits will not see a reduction because of this.
If this affects you, you will receive a new Council Tax bill shortly. If your Working Tax Credit has not yet been increased as a result of these changes, your entitlement will be revised at that time and a further bill issued.
Update 26/03/20: Latest position on collecting council tax:
With immediate effect, we will not be taking any recovery action against households who fail to pay their Council Tax because of sudden financial hardship in relation to the current Covid-19 crisis. No reminder letters will be issued if you’re unable to pay your bill next month (April 2020) and all recovery methods will remain suspended meantime.
It’s important however, for those who do find themselves in a position to pay their Council Tax, to keep doing so. We need this money to provide vital services - all normal methods of payment will stay in place at present and Direct Debits will be taken as normal.
If you’re unable to meet the payments due to a drop in your income, please claim for a Council Tax Reduction. You can do this here: https://www.fife.gov.uk/kb/docs/articles/housing/council-tax/council-tax-reduction
We have also instructed our debt collection partners to suspend all new recovery action against households with existing Council Tax arrears.
We’ll be reviewing the situation regularly.
For more help with benefits and money advice during this situation visit www.fife.gov.uk/coronavirus-moneyadvice Back To Top