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The Council Tax Reduction Scheme

Council Tax is a compulsory, property-based tax paid to local authorities. 


What is the Council Tax Reduction Scheme?

The Council Tax Reduction Scheme is a benefit administered by local authorities in Wales to help people who are on a low income, or claiming certain benefits, to pay some or all of their Council Tax bill.


How much money will I get?

The amount of Council Tax Reduction you will receive depends on many factors, including:

  • which benefits you receive
  • your age
  • your income
  • your savings
  • who you live with
  • how much Council Tax you pay.

You may get more Council Tax Reduction if you receive a disability or carers benefit.

If you receive the Guarantee Credit Part of Pension Credit you may even get your Council Tax paid in full. If you don’t get Guarantee Credit but you have a low income and less than £16,000 in savings, you may still get some help.

Pensioners still need to pay Council Tax but they may get a discount in some circumstances such as if they live alone.  


Am I eligible?

If you’re on a low income or receiving certain benefits, you may be able to claim Council Tax Reduction. 

You can claim Council Tax Reduction regardless of whether you own your own home or rent, or whether you’re working or unemployed.


How do I claim from the Council Tax Reduction Scheme?

Council Tax Reduction is administered by your Local Authority so you should contact them to make a claim.


What to do next?

For more information call Age Cymru Advice on 08000 223 444

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