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Council Tax Reduction Scheme

Council Tax Reduction Scheme 2018 to 2019 (PDF/1.48MB/185 pages) details how the scheme operates.

Can I get Council Tax Reduction?

If you are on a low income, the amount of reduction you can get depends on:

  • your savings
  • how much money you have coming in
  • your personal circumstances (your age, whether you have a partner, how many children you have, whether you are disabled and whether you have other people living with you who do not depend on you for support)
  • the amount of your rent and/or Council Tax

Our benefits calculator can estimate how much you may be able to get. However, this is only an estimate.

You can also use the calculator to check to see what will happen if your circumstances change.

If you are already claiming, you must write to us about the change straight away.

You normally don't pay Council Tax if you make an application for Council Tax Reduction and receive:

  • Income Support
  • Income Based Job Seekers Allowance
  • Income Related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Guarantee Pension Credit

If you are on a low income your bills may be reduced.

You cannot normally get Council Tax Reduction if:

  • you, or your partner together have more than £16,000 in savings
  • if you are not one of the liable people for Council Tax (your name should be on the bill)

Alternative Council Tax Reduction scheme (sometimes called second adult rebate)

You can claim an alternative Council Tax Reduction if there are other people living in your home who are on a low income.

You cannot claim this if you are married or have a partner who lives with you.

Benefits information leaflet 2018 to 2019

Benefits information (PDF/1.61MB/24 pages) contains more information on the Council Tax Reduction Scheme.

How to apply

Apply for Council Tax Reduction