Claim a Council Tax reduction
How to claim a reduction
You may be able to get help with the cost of paying your Council Tax. The Council Tax Reduction Scheme (CTRS) replaced Council Tax Benefit in 2013.
You can apply for a reduction at the same time as you claim for housing benefit.
You can claim a Council Tax reduction if you
- are responsible for paying the Council Tax bill
- have a low income from benefits or work, including self employment
- have savings of less than £16,000.
However you may still get a Council Tax reduction if your savings are more than £16,000 and you or your partner get the Guarantee Credit part of Pension Credit.
Making our decision
We will include the income and savings of your partner when we process your claim. We may also take into account the income of any non dependants living with you.
If you are entitled to a Council Tax reduction, we will apply it to your Council Tax account. This will usually be from the Monday after we receive your claim. We will send you a new demand notice showing how much to pay.
You only need to claim a Council Tax reduction once. After that we will contact you to check your information. We also check the details we hold for you against information held by the Department for Work and Pensions and employers.
You should also tell us if your circumstances change.