Trafford Council is consulting on changes to the scheme. Our plans would increase support to families living on a low income. Trafford’s current working age CTS scheme has the following main benefits:

  • The maximum award payable is 100% of the charge up to a band D property, subject to any non-dependent deductions
  • The rate at which benefit is withdrawn (known as the income taper) is 30%
  • Deductions relating to adults in the property (non-dependents) are 20% higher than the national rates and a new deduction for those not working and under 25 was introduced
  • Child care disregard costs are higher than the national rates, meaning we allow more
  • The minimum level of award is set at £5 per week
    In line with Universal Credit a minimum income is assumed for those self-employed, including directors, who have been trading for more than 12 months
  • Claimants and/or their partners who receive the middle or high rate of Disability Living Allowance for Care or Mobility are protected
  • Households who have a dependent child under 5 years old do not have their Child Benefit income taken in to account
  • War Pensions and War Widows Pensions are disregarded as income
  • Eight week ‘run on’ of previous entitlement for the long term unemployed starting work

Unlike some Councils, Trafford Council’s scheme assesses CTS based on the full bill which means the most vulnerable receive 100% support with no Council Tax to pay (subject to their individual circumstances). In addition, the Trafford scheme has added incentives for those starting work.