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About Council Tax Support

What is Council Tax Support?

Council Tax Support is a means tested discount which also helps people on low incomes pay their Council Tax. It is administered by us using rules that we have set ourselves and is only partly funded by the government.

The Council Tax benefits system was abolished by central government. We then introduced our own scheme based on needs and priorities specific to Lincoln residents, these discounts started on 1st April 2013.

As the amount of funding we now get from government has reduced we have had to make some difficult decisions about who will get help with paying their Council Tax and how much help they will get. Some groups of people have been protected from these changes and will not have to pay more, but others do.

We initially consulted on the proposed reductions and changes with those affected over a five week period. The changes were introduced on 10th January 2017. The scheme is reviewed each year, and any new rules will be set by 31st January to start from 1st April.