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Council Tax support schemes in England: what did Local Authorities choose, and with what effects?

Stuart Adam, James Browne, William Jeffs and Robert Joyce
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Council tax benefit (CTB) was abolished in April 2013 and local authorities in England were charged with designing their own council tax support (CTS) schemes in its place. Although these must maintain support for pensioners at its previous level, local authorities have had wide discretion to design their own schemes for working-age families. This report analyses the CTS schemes that local authorities adopted in the first year of the new policy.

View the dataset associated with this publication, Council tax support scheme characteristics in English local authorities, 2013-14

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Council Tax Benefit provides support to 5.9 million low-income families, more than any other means-tested benefit or tax credit in the UK. This commentary looks at the implications for local councils of the government's reforms to Council Tax Benefit.

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Four in five English local authorities (LAs) reduced entitlements to council tax support (CTS) this financial year.