Council tax reduction is an income-related discount applied to your council tax, and paid by the council.
To claim it you must be:
- On a low income
- Liable to pay council tax
- Living in the property
People who work full time or part time, are self-employed or retired can claim, as well as people who are unemployed or can't work because of illness or because they're caring for someone.
Who can't claim
People who can't claim include:
- Those (apart from some pensioners) who have more than £16,000 in savings or investments
- Those who live with a close relative who is liable to pay council tax
- Most students
- Those who can't access public funds under immigration rules
Our benefits team calculates and pays council tax reduction.
Our benefit calculator will help you work out if you qualify.
The amount you receive depends on your financial and personal circumstances at the time of application.
How to claim
Please refer to our Apply for council tax reduction page for details on how to claim.