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Council tax reductions for people on a low income

Find out about council tax reductions for people on a low income.

Who is eligible

You can claim council tax reduction if all of the following apply:

  • you’re liable to pay council tax

  • you have savings of less than £16,000 (unless you getting pension credit)

  • you are over 16 years of age

  • you get income support, jobseeker’s allowance (income-based) or pension credit, or you are living on a low income.

Check your entitlement to housing benefit and council tax reduction.

If you are not eligible for the council tax reduction scheme you might still be able to apply for a discount based on your situation.

How to apply

You apply for council tax reduction and housing benefit online.

If you are waiting for an assessment you must continue to pay your current bill until we have assessed your claim.

How much reduction you get

From 1 April 2018:

  • If you are a pensioner on a low income you may be eligible for a reduction of up to a maximum of 100% on the whole amount of your council tax.

  • If you are of working age on a low income you may be eligible for a reduction of up to a maximum of 75% on the whole amount of your council tax.

Council Tax Reduction Scheme 2018-2019

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