Family Premium

This was an additional component for families with children in the applicable amount for legacy benefits and council tax reduction. It was awarded to families on the birth of their first child (each family could receive only one Family Premium; additional children made no difference). It was abolished by the UK Government in 2016 for all new claims. NB Whilst the premium is no longer added to the applicable amount in legacy benefits, in Wales a household’s eligibility for Family Premium is still included in the council tax reduction applicable amount calculations if that household is receiving legacy benefits. However, it is not included if the council tax reduction applicant is receiving Universal Credit. The result is that council tax reduction applicants receiving legacy benefits are treated more generously than those receiving Universal Credit.

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