If you pay Council Tax and you are on a low income and have savings of less than £16,000, you may be eligible for Local Council Tax Support/Reduction. You can apply whether you rent or own your home, or even live rent-free.

Council Tax Reduction

From 1st April, 2013 Council Tax Benefit was replaced nationally by a local support scheme and renamed the Local Council Tax Reduction Scheme (CTR) – also known as Council Tax Support - which is a means tested benefit.

If you pay Council Tax and you are on a low income and do not have too much capital, you may be eligible for Council Tax Reduction. Your local authority may set its own capital limit for people of working age which is likely to be £16,000 or less. If you're a pensioner the capital limit is £16000.

You can apply whether you rent or own your home, or even live rent-free.

You may also get additional help called “Second Adult Rebate” if you share your home with a person who is also on a low income and not paying you rent. That person cannot be your partner and must be aged 18 or over, but will not be paying Council Tax themselves.

Full details of Council Tax Reduction are available at the following links:

If you are eligible for Council Tax Reduction you will not receive money. Instead, your Council Tax bill will be reduced and you'll get a new bill showing the reduced amount of Council Tax you have to pay.

To apply for Council Tax Reduction from your local council at GOV.UK.

For full details on Council Tax go to the MyAdviceGateway Council Tax page.

A complete "Guide to Council Tax Support" is available from ageuk.

Discounts for disabled people

The Disabled Band Reduction Scheme makes sure disabled people don’t pay more Council Tax if they need:

  • a bigger property
  • to adapt their home because of their disability

You can apply for Council Tax Discount from your local council at GOV.UK.

People who are severely mentally impaired and some live-in carers are exempt when working out Council Tax. Full details are available at GOV.UK.

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