Council Tax Reduction
What is Council Tax Reduction?
Council Tax Reduction (CTR) can help you pay your Council Tax if you’re unemployed, on a low income or claiming benefits. CTR is calculated by comparing your household and personal circumstances with your income and savings/capital. We also take into account any other adults who live with you.
From April 2021 Working Age CTR will change to an income banded scheme.
If you are single and pay Council Tax but share your home with another adult who is on a low income and does not pay rent, you may be able to get Second Adult Rebate on your Council Tax. From April 2021 you will only be able to apply for Second Adult Rebate if you are Pension Age.
You cannot get Council Tax Reduction if:
- You are not responsible for paying the Council Tax
- You (or your partner) have capital or savings of £16,000 or more, unless you receive guaranteed Pension Credit
We pay your Council Tax Reduction to your Council Tax account. You will get a bill showing what you have to pay after the reduction has been awarded.
Winchester City Council’s Council Tax Reduction Scheme
Click to view a copy of the 2019/20 Winchester City Council's Council Tax Reduction Scheme (pdf, 1.2mb).
Click to view a copy of the 2020/21 Winchester City Council's Council Tax Reduction Scheme (pdf, 1.3mb)
Click to view a copy of the 2021/22 Winchester City Council's Council Tax Reduction Scheme (pdf, 953kb)
Backdating Council Tax Reduction
If you are under State Pension Credit age Council Tax Reduction (CTR) can be backdated if a good reason is shown for the delay in claiming. A good reason must be shown for the whole backdate.
The maximum time a claim can be backdated is one month. From April 2021 CTR can be backdated to the commencement of the financial year. This time is from the date that the application for backdating is made.
If you or your partner are over State Pension Credit age you have 3 months to claim CTR. You do not need to provide a good reason.
Click here to apply for a backdate