Manchester City Council

Benefits & support Council Tax Support has changed from April 2017

Council Tax Support for some working-age families is limited to two children

The needs allowance for Council Tax Support includes £66.90 a week for each child or qualifying young person* in the household.

For some families from 6 April, we can only include an allowance for up to two children, even when there are more, to work out how much Council Tax Support they can have. The families affected by this change are:

  • Working-age families with three or more children and qualifying young persons, who make a new claim for Council Tax Support
  • Working-age families who already get Council Tax Support and have their third child on or after 6 April
  • Working-age families who already get Council Tax Support and a third child or qualifying young person joins the household on or after 6 April
  • Working-age families who already get Council Tax Support, already have three children and qualifying young persons and have a fourth child born on or after 6 April 2017 will keep the allowance for the three children but will not get an allowance for a fourth or any subsequent children

This change doesn’t affect families who get Income Support, income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance or Income related Employment and Support Allowance.

 

*A qualifying young person is someone aged 16 or over who you are responsible for and who is a member of your household, who is:

  • a qualifying young person for child benefit purposes; and
  • is not on Jobseeker’s Allowance (income-based), Employment and Support Allowance (income related), Income Support or Universal Credit; and
  • is not a care leaver under 18.

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