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About Council Tax Reduction

Council Tax Benefit ceased in April 2013. Instead, you can now apply for Council Tax Reduction.

You’ll get money off your Council Tax bill if you qualify for Council Tax Reduction.

You can apply for Council Tax Reduction whether you own your home, rent, are unemployed or working.

What you’ll get

The most you can get is a 100% reduction. How much you get depends on:

  • where you live – each council runs its own scheme
  • your circumstances (for example, income or number of children)
  • your household income – this includes things such as savings, pension, or your partner’s income
  • if your children live with you
  • if other adults live with you

People of pension credit qualifying age who are currently eligible for Council Tax Benefit (because they have a low income and savings under £16,000 or they receive the Guarantee part of Pension Credit) will not be affected by these changes.

Local authorities will vary in how they design their schemes. Some will make no cuts to Council Tax support while others may reduce the amount of Council Tax support they give to all working age adults, including people who previously did not have to pay anything towards their Council Tax Bill.


You may get Council Tax Reduction if:

  • you pay Council Tax
  • you’re on a low income or claiming benefits

How to apply

Following set Government rules each Local Authority is required to provide a localised scheme of help now known as Council Tax Reduction.

New claims for the new Council Tax Reduction scheme from 1 April 2013 should still be made to your local council as normal. If you are currently receiving Council Tax Benefit you will be transferred over to the new scheme and should not have to reapply. However, if your circumstances change during the year, you must contact your local council.

Contact your local council to apply for Council Tax Reduction. The government's official online source of information on benefits is GOV.UK.


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