Council tax reduction

If you are on a low income and pay council tax you may be able to get a reduction on your council tax bill. You must make a claim to the council for Council Tax Reduction.

Council Tax Reduction for the year 2019-2020

If you are under pension age (working age) you can receive a maximum reduction of 80 per cent of your council tax liability.
If you are of pension age you are eligible to receive a maximum reduction of 100 per cent of your council tax liability.

Alternative council tax reduction

This help is only available to you if you are of pension age. It is based on the income of all other adults living in the household (not a partner) and may be awarded if they are on low incomes. The maximum alternative council tax reduction that can be awarded is 25 per cent of the council tax liability.  The person who pays the council tax bill must apply and supply evidence of the income of any other adults who live in their home.


The scheme for 2019 – 2020 has changed for working age people. It has also been amended to take account of changes within prescribed regulations for persons of pensionable age.
The changes to the scheme were consulted on between September and November 2018 and agreed on 28 February 2019 by full Council. 

The 2018 - 2019 reduction scheme document is also available.

Changes to the 2019 – 2020 Council Tax Reduction Scheme, mean that if you are a working age person

  • you will not be entitled to a reduction if you have £6000 or more in capital or savings

For Universal Credit claimants only –

  •  Your reduction will be calculated periodically, with a review of the award carried out after a period of up to 6 months which takes account of changes in Universal Credit that have occurred during that period (your reduction can be reviewed earlier if you report a change in your Universal Credit, which you consider will have a significant effect on your reduction). 
  • Where requested, a reduction can be backdated unconditionally for up to 6 months as long as Universal Credit has been awarded during this period
  • A new claim for a reduction will not be required unless your claim has been terminated following a period of 6 consecutive months where you have not had a Universal Credit payment.

Discretionary reduction
The council has discretionary powers to reduce the amount of the council tax bill.  If a person is experiencing severe financial hardship and is having difficulty paying their council tax, a separate application is required . 

Further information about council tax discretionary reduction

Who can apply

You may be entitled to a council tax reduction if you are -

  • under pension age, on a low income (you may qualify even if you do not receive any other benefits) and have savings and capital less that £16,000
  • of pension age, on a low income and have savings that are less than £16,000 or receive pension guarantee credit (as your income, savings and capital would have already been worked out by The Pension Service)

By pension age we mean the age when a person reaches the qualifying age for state pension credit.

Should you apply

You can find out if you should apply by using the housing benefit, council tax reduction calculator.

If you would like to know how much benefit you may be able to receive or help with budgeting, visit our benefit calculator and budgeting tools.

If you would like to know how much benefit you may be able to receive or help with budgeting, visit our benefit calculator and budgeting tools.