East Devon District Council
Council Tax Support Scheme Consultation
September 2017

A - Disregarding the new Bereavement Support Payments

The Department for Work and Pensions has introduced a new benefit for working age applicants whose partner dies. This is called Bereavement Support payment and replaces Bereavement Payments, Bereavement Allowance and Widowed Parents Allowance. By making the change the Council will be able to disregard any amounts paid in the calculation of Council Tax Reduction. The payments are currently disregarded in other benefits such as Housing Benefit

The benefits of doing this are:
- It brings the working age Council Tax Reduction Scheme in line with Housing Benefit changes made by Central Government.
- The change will be fairer to applicants who have recently lost a partner.

There are no disadvantages to this change.

1. Do you agree with this change to the scheme?
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