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Council Tax Reduction scheme explained

The Council Tax Reduction Scheme for working age households is an income banded scheme.

In summary:

  • The discount is based on the total weekly income of the applicant, and their partner, if they have one;
  • The number of dependent children is limited to two in the calculation;
  • Deductions are not made for non-dependents;
  • Carers Allowance, the support component of Employment and Support Allowance and the housing element of Universal Credit are disregarded in the calculation of income;
  • There is a standard earnings disregard;
  • A further deduction from unearned income is allowed where a member of the household is disabled and in receipt of certain disability benefits;
  • Changes to Council Tax Reduction take effect from the day they occur;
  • Council Tax Reduction may be backdated to the beginning of the financial year;

The Council Tax Reduction Scheme for pension age households is determined by Central Government. To find out more about Council Tax Reduction for pensioners, please contact the Benefits & Welfare section.

Council Tax payers who experience financial hardship can apply online for assistance from the Exceptional Hardship Fund.


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