Council Tax Reduction
Funding of the Council Tax Benefit system from central government changed in 2013 which resulted in changes in rates of entitlement. You can claim council tax reduction if you pay council tax but you're on a low income or no income at all and have savings below £16,000. It doesn’t matter whether you rent or own your home, but you must actually live there and it must be your only or main place of residence. Depending on where you live, Council Tax Reduction (CTR) may be:
• A discount worked out as a percentage of your council tax bill
• A discount of an amount set out in the scheme
• A discount equal to the whole amount of the council tax bill - so you won’t have to pay anything
Sometimes, if you receive a disability or carers benefit you may get more council tax support. Further information can be found here https://www.gov.uk/council-tax/discounts-for-disabled-people
You can check your council tax band is correct by following this link https://www.gov.uk/council-tax-bands and it will tell you what to do if you think you may be paying too much.
Want to apply for Council Tax Reduction?
To check if you’re entitled to & to apply for Council Tax Reduction, follow this link & enter your postcode https://www.gov.uk/apply-council-tax-reduction. It will then take you to your local authority’s application scheme.
If you’re not entitled to CTR but have another adult living with you who is not your partner and on a low income or certain benefits then you might be able to get second adult rebate. Follow this link for further details: https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/benefits/help-if-on-a-low-income/help-with-your-council-tax-council-tax-reduction/council-tax-reduction-and-second-adult-rebate/
Already getting Council Tax Reduction?
Check to see if you’re entitled to a further discount based if you have a disability or are a carer by following this link = https://www.gov.uk/council-tax/discounts-for-disabled-people
If your circumstances change, tell your local authority straight away as this may affect your CTR entitlement, particularly if you stop getting one of the benefits that helps you qualify for the severe disability premium or if someone starts getting Carer's Allowance for looking after you. Follow this link for further information https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/benefits/help-if-on-a-low-income/help-with-your-council-tax-council-tax-reduction/how-your-council-tax-reduction-is-worked-out/