Council Tax reduction applicable amounts

Last Updated: 3 September 2021

Applicable amounts are the amounts that the Government considers certain categories of people need to live on each week.

Applicable amounts consist of personal allowances and in certain cases Premiums.

Applicable amount: personal allowances

Single claimant
Circumstances Weekly allowance (£)
Aged less than 25 59.20
Aged 25 or over 74.70
Any age and entitled to main phase Employment Support allowance 74.70
Of pensionable age before 1 April 2021* 191.15
Of pensionable age after 1 April 2021* 177.10
Lone parent
Circumstances Weekly allowance (£)
Aged less than 18 59.20
Aged 18 or over 74.70
Any age and entitled to main phase Employment Support allowance 74.70
Of pensionable age before 1 April 2021* 191.15
Of pensionable age after 1 April 2021* 177.10
Couple
Circumstances Weekly allowance (£)
Both under 18 89.45
At least one aged 18 117.40
Any age and entitled to main phase Employment Support allowance 117.40
At least one member of pensionable age before 1 April 2021* 286.05
At least one member of pensionable age after 1 April 2021* 270.30

* Please note that these ages are a guide only. To qualify for the higher premiums you must have reached the qualifying age to claim State Pension Credit.

Child or Young Person**
Circumstances Weekly allowance (£)
From birth to under 20 and child benefit payable and in respect of 68.60

**Please note that for new claims to Housing Benefit you may only receive a maximum of two allowances for children, even if you have more than two children.

If you are on Income Support, Job Seekers Allowance (income based), Guarantee Pension Credit or Employment and Support Allowance (income related), or if your income is below the applicable amount it is likely that you will receive 100% Benefit on your eligible rent and your Council Tax bill reduced to nil.

Applicable amounts: premiums
Premium Weekly allowance (£)
Family Premium (claimants with children and a live claim prior to 1 May 2016) 17.65
Family Premium (lone parent) protected for certain claimants 22.20
Family Premium new claims from 1 May 2016 0.00
Disability Premium single 35.10
Disability Premium couple 50.05
Enhanced Disability Premium single/lone parent 17.20
Enhanced Disability Premium couple 24.60
Enhanced Disability child 26.67
Severe Disability Premium single 67.30
Severe Disability Premium couple, one qualifies 67.30
Severe Disability Premium couple, both qualify 134.60
Carer Premium 37.70
Disabled Child Premium 65.94

Family Premium

Applied if you have at least one child for Council Tax Reduction.

Family Premium (lone parent rate)

Applied if you are a lone parent and have at least one child but you must have been continuously in receipt of Housing Benefit and/or Council Tax Benefit since 31 March 1998. New claims from 1 April 1998 to 30 April 2016 are worked out using the standard family premium. For Housing Benefit claims made from 1 May 2016 no family premium applies.

Disabled Child Premium

Applied where Disability Living Allowance or Personal Independence Payments are being paid for a child or where a child is registered or certified blind

Severe Disability Premium

Applied if you:

  • receive the highest or middle rate of the care component of Disability Living Allowance, Attendance Allowance or the daily living component of Personal Independence Payments
  • do not have any non-dependants living with you or they are under 18 or is disabled and receives Disability Living Allowance or Attendance Allowance or the daily living component of Personal Independence Payments
  • no one is receiving Carer's Allowance or the care element of Universal Credit (Housing Benefit only) for looking after you or your partner

Special rules apply to couples and to get the higher rate, both members or the couple must satisfy all the criteria.

Carer Premium

Applied if you or you partner receives Carer's Allowance.

Disability Premium

Applied if you or your partner are under the qualifying age for state Pension credit and are registered or certified blind or receive one of the following Benefits:

  • Disability Living Allowance
  • the disability element of Working Tax Credit
  • Attendance Allowance
  • Mobility Benefits
  • Incapacity Benefit
  • Severe Disablement Allowance
  • Personal Independence Payment

or if you are sick and have been unable to work for at least 52 weeks.

Enhanced Disability Premium

Applied if you or a member of your family is in receipt of the highest rate of care component of Disability Living Allowance or the enhanced rate of the daily living component of Personal Independence Payments.