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    Hi all, my parent in laws have asked me to put a question on here, they are on the pension one is on a gas board pension and the other on government pension should they be paying council tax? (tried ringing for over an hour before i got cut off :(.....)

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    Doesn't everyone pay council tax unless you're on some sort of benefit(not pension) or a house full of full time students.
    Edited by: "Domthedonkey" 17th Aug 2016

    Who did you ring,their local council?

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    deb8z

    Who did you ring,their local council?


    yes

    If you go to their local council site you will find a council tax benefit calculator, enter their details and that will tell you. Its all based on what other benefits they receive, income and savings, I know if they have over £16k in savings then that is a no, unsure as to the income limits.

    Original Poster

    thanx:)

    Depends....they may need to apply and provide financial information. If they claim a 'passported' benefit such as pension credit their income will already be assessed so the DWP should have processed a council tax support claim through to your local government....although different governments now have their own policies

    I highly doubt they will be eligible for council tax benefit with two pensions alongside the state one.

    everyone pays council even if your on unemployment you still have to pay. the question is how much of a reduction you can get.

    this is a copy and past

    citizensadvice.org.uk/ben…ow/

    If you're a pensioner

    If you're a pensioner, the government says you should still be able to get the same level of Council Tax Reduction as you would have done if you were getting Council Tax Benefit.

    This means that if your income is less than an amount the government says you need to live on you will be entitled to maximum Council Tax Reduction.

    If you get the guarantee credit part of Pension Credit, your income and capital are ignored and you will get full Council Tax Reduction.

    When working out your entitlement to CTR, the way some things are dealt with will be the same for all pensioners, regardless of where you live. This includes:

    the way your income and capital are worked out
    the way your applicable amount is worked out. This is the amount the government says you need to live on
    the way non-dependant deductions are worked out
    the way temporary absences from home are dealt with.
    All pensioners must also be allowed to apply for a second adult rebate under their Council Tax Reduction scheme.

    More about how your CTR is worked out if you're a pensioner
    More about non-dependant deductions
    More about temporary absences
    More about second adult rebate
    Edited by: "brendanhickey" 17th Aug 2016

    Argoj

    If you go to their local council site you will find a council tax benefit … If you go to their local council site you will find a council tax benefit calculator, enter their details and that will tell you. Its all based on what other benefits they receive, income and savings, I know if they have over £16k in savings then that is a no, unsure as to the income limits.



    I do remember there did used to be a special rule for pensioners, in that it was £16k EACH, not as a couple. So well worth checking, and def, their calculator the best way of checking. The figure for income used to be.. taking off £1.25 of c/t benefit for each £100 of capital, as bizarrely, ' that was the amount of interest that amount of capital would earn in a building society'. Set in 1972 and never changed? Anyway, below the £16k each, it was on a sliding scale.

    Argoj

    If you go to their local council site you will find a council tax benefit … If you go to their local council site you will find a council tax benefit calculator, enter their details and that will tell you. Its all based on what other benefits they receive, income and savings, I know if they have over £16k in savings then that is a no, unsure as to the income limits.



    I do remember there did used to be a special rule for pensioners, in that it was £16k EACH, not as a couple. So well worth checking, and def, their calculator the best way of checking. The figure for income used to be.. taking off £1.25 of c/t benefit for each £100 of capital, as bizarrely, ' that was the amount of interest that amount of capital would earn in a building society'. Set in 1972 and never changed? Anyway, below the £16k each, it was on a sliding scale.

    pensioners still need to pay council tax unless their income is so low that they qualify for council tax benefit, which i doubt they will be. it tends to be those who are already claiming benefits.
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