Council Tax Reduction

Council Tax Reduction (also known as Council Tax support) is a benefit to help people who are on a low income or claiming certain benefits to pay their Council Tax.

The size of the discount will depend on your weekly income.

You can claim the discount if you are of working age or pension age [pdf] but the eligibility rules are different for each group.

We cannot backdate awards for working age claimants so you must make your claim promptly.

You cannot claim Council Tax Reduction on a second home.

For more information see our full scheme rules [pdf] 1MB.

Council Tax Reduction for pension age claimants

You may be eligible for Council Tax Reduction if all the below apply and you:

  • live in the UK
  • pay Council Tax
  • are on a low income
  • have less than £16,000 in savings, investments or property (other than the home you live in) unless you are receiving the guarantee part of Pension Credit
     

To find out if you would be entitled to Council Tax Reduction visit Citizens Advice.

Apply for Council Tax Reduction 

You will need to select the link Make a new claim and then follow the onscreen instructions.

If you are not eligible for Council Tax Reduction you may be able to apply for second adult rebate.

Council Tax Reduction for working age claimants

You may be eligible for Council Tax Reduction if all the below apply and you:

  • live in the UK
  • pay Council Tax
  • have less than £6,000 in savings, investments or property (other than the home you live in)
  • a weekly income of less than £395

If you claim Universal Credit

You can apply for Council Tax Reduction if you’re on Universal Credit.

If you have only just claimed Universal Credit and you have received your salary for the first month of the claim, then that amount must be counted and you may not qualify for Council Tax Reduction until the following month.

These are the Government regulations and we are unable to make changes to these.

How much will I get

The reduction you receive is based on your weekly income.

How much I will get

Weekly income

Income band

% Council Tax Reduction

£0 to £185

A

90%

£185.01 to £235

B

70%

£235.01 to £290

C

50%

£290.01 to £340

D

30%

£340.01 to £395

E

10%


You will not get any Council Tax Reduction if your entitlement is less than £5 per week.

Full details of policy for working age claimants is available on request.

Apply for Council Tax Reduction

You will need to select the link Make a new claim and then follow the onscreen instructions.

Council Tax Discretionary Relief (CTDR)

Council Tax Discretionary Relief (CTDR)

If you are in severe financial difficulty and you already receive Council Tax Reduction (CTR) you can apply for CTDR. CTDR can cover the shortfall between your CTR and your weekly Council Tax charge.

Council Tax Discretionary Relief policy.

To apply

You’ll need:

  • your CTR claim number
  • both you and your partners' weekly net pay
  • any other benefit income details (if applicable)
  • any pension income details (if applicable)
  • details of maintenance payments (if applicable)
  • details of your weekly expenditure (including bills, loans, credit cards, maintenance paid, food shopping)

Apply for CTDR

Council Tax hardship awards

Council Tax hardship awards

This scheme replaces the 2019 government scheme which awarded a discount of up to £150 to working-age claimants in receipt of CTR.

This scheme runs from 1 April 2021 to 31 March 2022.

If you are of working age and in receipt of CTR, we automatically apply the discount. You do not need to apply.

From 1 April 2022 this discount will no longer apply so you will need to fund the difference.

Council Tax hardship award policy.