Council Tax reduction

The Council Tax Reduction scheme provides financial assistance with Council Tax bills. You can apply for Council Tax Reduction whether you're unemployed, retired or working. It could help to reduce the amount of Council Tax that you need to pay.

Any owner-occupier or tenant aged 18 or over who is legally responsible for the council tax can claim Council Tax Reduction.

The government requires that Local Authorities determine their own schemes for working age people whilst those of pensioner age fall under the national scheme set by central government.

How much you can claim

Awards of Council Tax reduction are made after any other relevant discount have been applied to the account (e.g. single person discount). Use our benefit calculator to find out what you can claim:

Make a new Council Tax reduction claim

If you are in receipt of Universal Credit and you have advised the Department for Work and Pensions that you wish to claim help with your council tax your details will be provided to the council direct.

If you are not in receipt of Universal Credit or you did not advise the Department for Work and Pensions you will need to complete the online application form below

Make a new Council Tax reduction claim here »

Your Council Tax bill will tell you the date from which any entitlement starts.

It takes on average 20 days to process a new council tax reduction claim. Claims can be processed quicker if the required evidence is supplied as soon as possible.

You must keep paying your council tax as billed, even if you have applied for council tax reduction. Any entitlement to council tax reduction will be credited to your council tax account, and you will receive an adjusted bill showing the revised balance.

Report a change of circumstances

If you are receiving Council Tax reduction, you are required by law to inform us of any change to your circumstances or address. Find out what this could mean for you here:

Report a change in circumstances here »

Working Age Scheme

If you have capital of less than £6,000 and are on a low income you could receive help with your Council Tax bill. The income band system gives people applying for council tax reduction a percentage reduction on their council tax. The maximum discount is 90%. All working age people will have a minimum of 10% of their Council Tax bill to pay.

It is based on the household size and income of the applicant and any partner. Any non-dependants in the household are ignored for the purposes of this scheme.

Income bands will allow people to vary their hours at work without losing support. Applicants will have more certainty about how much council tax they need to pay and receive fewer council tax bills when income fluctuates within the same band.

The details below indicate the amount of discount based on the applicant's household and income.

90% discount
  • Applicants in receipt of Income Based Jobseeker Allowance, Income Related Employment Support Allowance, Income Support
  • Single person, weekly income under £131
  • Couple, weekly income under £161
  • Family with 1 child, weekly income under £201
  • Family with 2+ children, weekly income under £252
80% discount
  • Single person, weekly income between £131.01 - £171
  • Couple, weekly income between £161.01 - £211
  • Family with 1 child, weekly income between £201.01 -  £252
  • Family with 2+ children, weekly income between £252.01 - £302
60% discount
  • Single person, weekly income between £171.01 - £211
  • Couple, weekly income between £211.01 - £262
  • Family with 1 child, weekly income between £252.01 -  £322
  • Family with 2+ children, weekly income between £302.01 - £352
30% discount
  • Single person, weekly income between £211.01 - £312
  • Couple, weekly income between £262.01 - £352
  • Family with 1 child, weekly income between £322.01 -  £423
  • Family with 2+ children, weekly income between £352.01 - £453
0% discount
  • Single person, weekly income over £312
  • Couple, weekly income over £352
  • Family with 1 child, weekly income over £423
  • Family with 2+ children, weekly income over £453

Council Tax reduction scheme

The full breakdown of the Council Tax Reduction Scheme for the current year can be downloaded here:

Apply for Council Tax reduction

If you are in receipt of Universal Credit and you have advised the Department for Work and Pensions that you wish to claim help with your council tax your details will be provided to the council direct.

If you are not in receipt of Universal Credit or you did not advise the Department for Work and Pensions you will need to complete the online application form below.

Make a new Council Tax reduction claim here »

Further information

If you have any problems with your online forms please contact us:

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