Council Tax Benefits: Universal Credit

Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 2nd July 2012.

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Photo of Stephen Timms Stephen Timms Shadow Minister (Work and Pensions)

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether he plans to require local authorities to include or exclude income from universal credit in the means test for localised council tax benefit.

Photo of Bob Neill Bob Neill The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government

Local authorities will be free to design their own scheme for localised support for working age people in their area. This includes being able to design any means test they wish to include, and deciding on what that test should and should not take account of.

Where a local authority fails to agree a scheme by 31 January, the default scheme will come into operation. The regulations defining the default scheme will prescribe the calculation of awards, including how recipients of universal credit are to be treated. Government will publish draft regulations relating to the default scheme in mid-July.

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