Housing Benefits and Council Tax Benefit
Council Tax Support
The Government has abolished Council Tax Benefit from 31 March
2013. Cheshire East Council has created its own scheme to replace
it from 1 April 2013. More information is available on the new
Council Tax Scheme page.
From April 2013 a cap was introduced on the total amount of
benefit that working age people can receive. This means that
workless households should no longer receive more in benefits than
the average earnings of working households.
The benefit cap was implemented from April 2013 in four local
authorities in London – Bromley, Croydon, Enfield and Haringey.
These were chosen as London has the highest percentage of potential
benefit cap claimants and a diverse cross section of residents.
This is a phased roll-out with the remaining local authorities
implementing the cap from the 15 July 2013, with all appropriate
households capped by the end September 2013.
The cap will be administered jointly by DWP and local
authorities through deductions from Housing Benefit payments. In
the longer term it will form part of the new Universal
Credit system. All customers affected by the Benefit Cap
deduction have been contacted by us in advance of 15 July
There are circumstances when the cap will not affect you, which
- Households where the claimant/partner or dependent children are
in receipt of;
- Disability Living Allowance
- Personal Independence Payment
- Attendance Allowance
- Industrial Injuries Benefit
- Employment Support Allowance when paid with the Support
- Armed Forces Compensation Scheme Payments
- Armed Forces Independence Payment
- War Pensions Scheme, including War Widows/Widowers Pension and
War Disablement Pension
If you think you have wrongly been affected by the Benefit Cap
because you are receiving a benefit from the above list please
For an estimate of how much you may be effected by the Benefit
Cap you can use the
Benefit Cap Calculator (external link)
Size limit rules in the Social Rented Sector took effect from
April 2013. The rules regarding under occupation in the Social
Sector do not apply where either the claimant or their partner has
attained the State Pension Credit age.
The qualifying age for State Pension Credit has gradually
increased in line with with the pension age for women (and
from December 2018 for both men and women) finally ending in 2020
when the pension ages for men and women will be equalized to 66.
During 2013-14 financial year it rises from approximately 61½ to
62. For example someone born on 01/04/1952 reaches their qualifying
State Pension Credit age on 06/03/2014.
Please use the State
Pension calculator(MS Excel,76.3KB) to find out if you have
reached State Pension Credit Age
If you are assessed as having more bedrooms then you need,
according to the new rules, you will be considered as
under-occupying your home. If this is the case you will
see a reduction to your housing benefit by:
- 14% of the total eligible rent for under-occupation by one
- 25% of the total eligible rent for under-occupation by two
bedrooms or more.