What is Council Tax?
Council tax helps to pay for local services such as rubbish collection, road maintenance and policing. It applies to all domestic properties i.e. properties where people are living. How much your bill will be depends on how much your local authority charges and what "band" your property is assigned. Properties are assigned a band from A to I with A being the lowest band and I being the highest. Higher council tax bands are charged more council tax.
The Council Tax Reduction Scheme
You may be eligible for assistance from your local authority’s Council Tax Reduction Scheme if you're on a low income or claim certain benefits. Apply directly to your local authority to see if you're entitled to support.
The amount of assistance 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. If you receive a disability or carer's benefit, you may get more help from the Council Tax Reduction Scheme
You may get your Council Tax paid in full if you get the Guarantee Credit part of Pension Credit.
You can apply whether you own your home, or are renting.
Other ways that your Council Tax bill may be reduced
There may also be other ways that your Council Tax bill could be reduced. For example, you could check if you qualify for the disability reduction scheme – a property may be placed in a lower Council Tax band if it has certain features that are important for a disabled person living there, such as extra space for a wheelchair.
Or, you may qualify for certain discounts: a 25% discount on your bill if you live alone, or discounts where someone who is ‘severely mentally impaired’ lives at a property.