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Council Tax Discount taken away? :(

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Homesteady
Homesteady Community member Posts: 5 Listener
Hi, I wonder if anyone can enlighten me here. Ive seen other threads about PIP not automatically giving you money off CT and this is semi-related but not quite. Slightly more complicated....
I've had Mobility Advanced PIP for a long time. We only ever had reduction of CT for low income before. Just this past year in our new house and new county our council tax bill went down to £0 because I'm disabled. This has been SO helpful as we were drowning in debt and using food banks since I've been unable to work. 
I've been appealing for LCWRA since July 2023 and at last won my appeal in March 2024. I received a back payment which was a godsend, paid off my overdraft and now we've been in a good position to pay all of our bills, fees for our 6yos groups etc etc. Finally it feels like we've got our heads above water. 
So last week we had a new council tax bill through saying we owe about £300. Apparently because my LCWRA money has increased our universal credit it means we have to pay a little more in CT. Backdated to July 2023 it works out less than £50 a month which is manageable. 
Just now I've had a big wad of paperwork arrive in the post from the council saying that going forward my council tax is £115 for May, then £111 every month going forward.
The council are insistant that we need to pay back a third of this outstanding £300 a month. They said its the absolute least they'll accept. So we'll be paying £100 back plus £115/111 so £200 roughly a month for the next three months and then £111 from August. 
It seems like a big jump from £0 to £200 doesn't it? That's almost all of the extra money from LCWRA. Maybe I'm being unreasonable, I don't know. It just feels like I may as well not bothered fighting my case for all that time because nearly all the money (that we really desperately need right now) is going straight to the council :(
I can appreciate extra money equals extra council tax but its disability money....?
Anyone got any insight please

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  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Community member Posts: 57,131 Disability Gamechanger
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    Unfortunately because all local Authorities have their own rules regarding Council tax reduction I won’t be able to give you any advice. 

    I’d advise you to use a benefits calculator for a benefits check and this will give you some idea what CTR you should receive because when you put your postcode in, it will bring up your LA. https://www.entitledto.co.uk/benefits-calculator
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  • Jimm_Scope
    Jimm_Scope Posts: 3,610 Disability Gamechanger
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    Hi @Homesteady, I'm sorry to hear about your issues with your council tax bill. That is indeed a big increase to have to worry about. As Poppy says however these reductions are done on a local authority level. You can read more about it on our advice page here: Council Tax reduction | Disability charity Scope UK
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