The way we work out support for families has changed
We compare the amount the Government say a household needs to live on, with all the money the household has coming in, to decide how much Council Tax Support they can get.
If the household includes children, the needs allowance includes an amount of £17.45 a week called a family premium. Households with a family premium generally get more Council Tax Support.
From 1 April 2017 we can’t include a family premium for these families:
- Families making a new claim for Council Tax Support
- Families who already get Council Tax Support and have their first child on or after 1 April
- Families who already get Council Tax Support and a child joins the household on or after 1 April, for example a step-child
These families get less Council Tax Support from 1 April 2017 than they would have in the same circumstances before 1 April.
This change doesn’t affect families who get Income Support, income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance, income-related Employment and Support Allowance or the Guarantee part of Pension Credit.