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Local Council Tax Support 2018/19 - Public Consultation

What is this consultation about?

Each year the Council has to decide whether to change the Local Council Tax Support scheme for working age applicants in the Borough.

This consultation is in respect of the Local Council Tax Support scheme effective from 1st April 2018.

When are we consulting?

A six week consultation will commence from 9:00 am 21st August to 5:00 pm 2nd October 2017.

Have your say

Your views and suggestions will help us design the scheme for 2018/19.

Please complete a short survey by clicking on the LCTS Consultation link below.

This questionnaire will take approximately 10 minutes to complete.

LCTS Survey This link opens in a new browser window


Alternatively, printed copies of the questionnaire are available by contacting or 01206 282300.

Additionally, paper copies are available at the Library and Community Hub in Trinity Square, Colchester Essex, CO1 1JB.

This is a public consultation. As such it is open to anyone who would like to respond.

What happens after the consultation process?

Following the consultation process reports will be presented to the Colchester Borough Council Scrutiny Panel, Cabinet and full Council. These reports will detail the results of the consultation and put forward proposals for the Local Council Tax Support scheme in 2018/19.

Further Information

pdf icon Click here. [1Mb] to view the Draft Local Council Tax Support Policy for 2018/19. 



Use our online calculator below to find out if you qualify for LCTS and Housing Benefit:

Do it Online button - link to Make a Claim page


Our Local Council Tax Support scheme 2017/2018 - Key Features

LCTS helps support 6,000 working age Colchester residents and 5,000 of pension credit age.  If you are of pension credit age the level of support you receive under LCTS will be assessed in broadly the same way as under the former Council Tax Benefit scheme.

If you are of working age and entitled to LCTS the following key features will apply:

  • All working age claimants pay a minimum of 20% of their Council Tax bill

  • The first £25 per week that people earn is not taken into account when calculating LCTS

  • Back to Work Support provides help to long-term unemployed residents who secure employment by giving them four weeks of Extended Reduction to their Council Tax

  • The maximum period a claim for LCTS can be back dated is one month

  • There is a flat rate non-dependant deduction of £12 regardless of income or savings

  • Child Benefit is included as income, whereas Child Maintenance is disregarded, when calculating entitlement

  • There is a £1.00 per week minimum level of entitlement

The above is an extract of key features. Full details regarding entitlement can be found in .pdf icon the Local Council Tax Support Policy for 2017/18 [1Mb]