Help to pay your Council Tax

Find out what help is available if you are struggling to pay your Council Tax.

Paying your Council Tax is as important as paying your rent or mortgage, fuel bills and child maintenance. We may take legal action if you do not pay your Council Tax so please do not ignore any reminders we send. If you ignore a reminder you will be sent a court summons and will have to pay additional costs.

Reduce your monthly payments

You may be able to reduce your monthly payments by paying your Council Tax over 12 months rather than 10.

Extend my instalments 


Discounts and exemptions

You may be entitled to a discount or exemption depending on your circumstances. See our discounts and exemptions pages for more information.

Council Tax Reduction

If you are on a low income you may be entitled to help to pay your Council Tax. For more information see Council Tax Reduction.


Help and advice from other organisations

If you need help with debt then you can speak to organisations who provide free, impartial and confidential advice. Examples are:

Council Tax discretionary relief

If you are in severe financial difficulty we may be able to help with a discretionary reduction in your Council Tax.

To apply

You’ll need to print and complete the Council Tax discretionary relief application form[pdf] 258KB and then either post or email us a copy.