The Council Tax Support scheme helps people towards the cost of their Council Tax bill. The figures set out in the Council Tax Support Scheme have been uprated, to take effect from 1 April 2023. The amount of uprating has been determined by Wirral Council and link as closely to other welfare benefit changes or may be linked to the consumer price index, of inflation set in the preceding September or by another rate determined with reference to provisions made for Universal Credit. From 1 April 2019, an additional provision was made to enable backdating in exceptional circumstances for a maximum period of 3 months. Who can get Council Tax Support? To qualify for Council Tax Support you must be: on a low income the person responsible for paying the Council Tax When you make a claim for Universal Credit we will use your Universal Credit award notification to work out how much Council Tax Support you may be entitled to. If you start receiving Universal Credit after a change in your circumstances and you need help to pay your Council Tax, you will need to make a claim for Council Tax Support. Council Tax Support is calculated by looking at you and your partner’s income, savings and household circumstances. Proof you will need when you apply for Council Tax Support When you apply for Council Support you will need to provide certain documents to prove that you are eligible. Find out what proof you need to provide Apply for Council Tax Support Currently, a helpline is available for those who might need help filling in or making applications. If you need help with your application please phone the One Stop Shops team. How much am I entitled to? The maximum amount of Council Tax Support that you can receive is: up to 88% of your Council Tax liability for working age people up to 100% of your Council Tax liability for people who have reached pensionable age and certain vulnerable groups The amount of support you will get is worked out by looking at: how much money you have coming in you and your partner’s personal circumstances and those of your household the amount of Council Tax you have to pay the amount of savings and capital you have You will not be able to claim Council Tax Support if: you and your partner are of working age, not classed as vulnerable and have savings or capital over £6,000 or you’ve reached the qualifying age for Pension Credit and you and your partner have savings or capital over £16,000 unless you receive Guaranteed Pension Credit Council Tax Support Fund 2023/24 The government announced on the 23 December £100 million of additional funding for local authorities to support the most vulnerable households in England. This funding will allow Wirral Council to deliver additional support to over 10,000 households already receiving Council Tax support. The funding is for the 2023-24 financial year. Wirral has been allocated £789,483. This means we can reduce the bills of those receiving Council Tax Support by up £60 per Council Tax account. This will be awarded automatically and will be shown on your bill. If you bill is for less than £60 before the relief you will have nothing to pay. We will also be making awards of £60 to all new successful claimants of Council Tax Support in 2023/24 until the fund runs out. Benefit calculator Use the benefit calculator for an estimation of how much you may be entitled to. Change in circumstances You must tell us if you have a change in your circumstances. Appeal against a Council Tax Support decision If you disagree with a decision about Council Tax Support you can appeal. Appeal against a decision Further information about Council Tax Support Local Council Tax Support Scheme 2023-24 (PDF, 1MB) More information about Wirral Council’s Council Tax Support Scheme Help managing money and debt Citizens Advice Wirral can offer help and advice if you are having difficulty paying bills or struggling with other debts.