Council tax support schemes in England: what did local authorities choose, and with what effects?

Document type
Report
Author(s)
Adam, Stuart; Browne, James; Jeffs, William
Publisher
Institute for Fiscal Studies
Date of publication
1 January 2014
Series
IFS report; R90
Subject(s)
Poverty Alleviation Welfare Benefits and Financial Inclusion
Collection
Social welfare
Material type
Reports

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Council tax benefit (CTB) was abolished in April 2013 and local authorities in England were charged with designing their own council tax support (CTS) schemes in its place. Although these must maintain support for pensioners at its previous level, local authorities have had wide discretion to design their own schemes for working-age families. This report analyses the CTS schemes that local authorities adopted in the first year of the new policy.

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