Council tax reductions

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You may be eligible for help with your Council Tax bill. As part of the welfare reforms, councils now run their own Council Tax Reduction schemes (sometimes called Council Tax Support).

Can I claim it?

The support you get may depend on factors such as which benefits you receive, your age, your income, savings, who you live with and how much Council Tax you pay.

You may get more Council Tax Support if you receive a disability or carer's benefit.

You can apply whether you own your home, rent, are working or currently unemployed.

How much will I get?

If you get the Guarantee Credit part of Pension Credit, you may get your Council Tax paid in full.

If you don't get Guarantee Credit but have a low income and less than £16,000 in savings, you may still get some help.

Other ways to reduce your Council Tax bill

  • If you live alone, you get a 25% discount on your Council Tax bill, regardless of your financial circumstances.
  • Ask your local council whether it offers any other reductions, for example, if you share your home with someone who isn't jointly liable to pay Council Tax, if you're a carer or if you're disabled and your home is adapted to support your needs.

If you're worse off under the new Council Tax Reduction scheme, ask whether your local council operates a Hardship Fund (sometimes called an Exceptional Hardship Fund) to help you pay.

How do I claim?

Contact your local council to apply for Council Tax Reduction. If you need help with your claim, contact your local Age UK or call Age UK Advice on 0800 169 65 65.

Further information

Use our online opens link in new window Council Tax factsheet (PDF 400 KB)

The following guide is only applicable to people over pension age.

opens link in new window More money in your pocket: a guide to claiming benefits for people over pension age (PDF 3 MB)

If you are under pension age, please download the following factsheet.

opens link in new window Benefits for people under State Pension age factsheet (PDF 298 KB)

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