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Council tax support

The previous council tax benefit where people on benefits had some or all of their council tax paid was stopped by the government in April 2013. It was replaced with the council tax reduction scheme that was mainly funded by a government grant.

A new council tax support scheme started on 1 April 2017. Pensioners and people receiving the following benefits will be a 'protected group' when we’re calculating council tax claims:

  • Disability premium
  • Enhanced disability premium
  • Severe disability premium
  • Disability premium for dependants
  • Enhanced disability premium for dependants
  • Disability earnings disregard
  • Council Tax disability band reduction
  • Employment support allowance (any rate)
  • War disablement pension
  • War widows pension
  • Personal Independent Payment (PIP)

Working age people who aren't receiving the above benefits may receive less help towards their council tax than they do at the moment. 

You may be able to get help with your council tax bill if you are on a low income or claim benefits. The help you could receive will depend on:

  • your circumstances (eg income, number of children, benefits, residency status)
  • your household income - this includes savings, pensions and your partner’s income
  • if your children live with you
  • if other adults live with you
  • to be eligible for Second Adult Rebate you must have reached state pension credit age

Apply for council tax support

Deciding applications 

We aim to decide complete applications within 14 days. If we need further information to support your claim we will write to you. We will notify you once your claim has been assessed.

Backdating a claim 

If you haven't been able to apply for benefits immediately we may be able to backdate your application.

Help with housing costs

You may be eligible for further help with housing costs.