If you are on a low income and pay council tax you may be able to get a reduction on your council tax bill. If you haven't reached the qualifying age for state pension credit you can receive a maximum reduction of 80 per cent of your council tax liability for the year 2018 - 2019.
If you have reached the qualifying age for state pension credit 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 have reached the qualifying age for state pension credit.
Alternative council tax reduction 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 for alternative reduction and supply evidence of the income of any other adults who live in their home.
The scheme for 2018 - 2019 has been amended to take account of changes within prescribed regulations for persons of pensionable age. Therefore a public consultation is not required.
The 2017 - 2018 reduction scheme document is also available.
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.