Changes to Council Tax benefit in Sefton
The Council Tax Benefit scheme has been abolished by the
Government from April this year, and all councils have now replaced
it with their own local scheme called the Council Tax Reduction
Scheme that started on April 1 2013. Sefton Council approved its
Council Tax Reduction Scheme at a full council meeting at Southport
Town Hall on January 24 2013.
Changes to Council Tax discounts and exemptions
for empty properties and second homes
The Government has allowed councils to
introduce changes to Council Tax discounts and exemptions in
respect of second homes and certain empty properties from April 1
2013. There is also a new power to charge an additional amount of
Council Tax on properties that have been continuously empty for
more than two years.
Difficulty paying your Council Tax?
If you don't let us know that you are having
difficulty making Council Tax payments, you may incur further costs
and charges which will have to be paid. To contact us to discuss:-
- Phone our contact
Centre 0845 140 0845 - 8am to 6pm, Monday to Friday
- Visit our Bootle One Stop Shop, 324-342 Stanley Road, Bootle
L20 6ET 9am to 5 pm, Monday to Friday.
- Visit our Southport One Stop Shop Cambridge Arcade Southport
PR8 1DA 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday.
Council Tax Payments
The Government is giving greater flexibility to local councils
in how they apply discounts and how residents can pay. From
April 1 2013 Council Tax payers will be able to request the right
to pay over 12 months rather than 10. If you wish to extend your
Council Tax payments to 12 instalments (i.e. April to March), you
can make your request by completing an online
Register your interest in receiving your council tax and
business rate bills and statements online
The legislation relating to Council Tax and Business Rates has
changed to enable bills to be accessed electronically by those
people who want to access their bills in this way.As a Council Tax
or Business Rate payer would you be interested in accessing your
bills electronically instead of receiving a paper bill? If so,
please register your
Last Updated on 5/15/2013