- 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 05/08/20: Council Tax collection
Now that things are slowly starting to resemble some sort of normal again, we’ll be restarting recovery procedures from next month (September) against households who are not paying their Council Tax. However, there’s no getting away from the fact that Covid-19 has changed all our lives and have left many struggling to cope financially. If you find yourself in this situation, the best thing to do is get in touch with us. Help is available.
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
For more information about the help that’s available visit www.fife.gov.uk.moneyadvice
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