Council Tax Reduction Scheme

We run a Council Tax Reduction Scheme to help those on low incomes. Some groups are exempt from paying Council Tax and others are entitled to deductions.

If you have already applied for Housing Benefit, check your Council Tax bill before applying for this reduction as it will, in most cases, have been awarded at the same time as Housing Benefit.

The Council Tax Reduction scheme is independent of other discounts, exemptions and relief, which you may also be qualified to apply for.

Under this scheme, people in the following groups generally do not pay Council Tax:

  • Pensioners, including people receiving a war pension
  • Working age people where either the applicant partner or a dependent child in the household receives a disability premium
  • People registered or certified blind

If you are in one of these groups and not already qualifying for help, you can apply for Council Tax reduction.

People in the following groups may be entitled to Council Tax reduction, but will have to pay a minimum amount towards their bill:

  • Working age applicants who receive a means-tested Benefit, such as Income Support, Job Seeker’s Allowance (income-based) or Employment Support Allowance (income-related), are required to pay at least 8.5% of their Council Tax bill.
  • Working age applicants who are either working, receive a contribution-based Benefit such as Job Seeker's Allowance, Employment Support Allowance (work-related activity) or receive any other income, are required to pay at least 10% of their Council Tax bill.
The amount of Council Tax reduction you can receive depends on your family circumstances, income, capital and savings

Apply for a Council Tax reduction