Apply For A Council Tax Reduction

Apply for a council tax reduction

Apply to your local council for Council Tax Reduction (sometimes called Council Tax Support). You’ll get a discount on your bill if you’re eligible. The Council Tax Reduction replaced the Council Tax Benefit in April 2013. Find out your local council details:

Important points to know

This is not available in Northern Ireland, however, there is a different scheme available in Northern Ireland.

You could be eligible if you’re on a low income or claim benefits. Your bill could be reduced by up to 100%.

You can apply if you own your home, rent, are unemployed, or working.

What you get depends on:

▪️Where you live – each council runs its own scheme

▪️Your circumstances (eg income, number of children, benefits, residency status)

▪️Your household income – this includes savings, pensions and your partner’s income

▪️If your children live with you

▪️If other adults live with you

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Working out your council tax

You’ll need to know 3 things:

▪️The valuation band for your home in England and Wales or in Scotland

▪️How much your local council charges for that band

▪️Whether you can get a discount or exemption from the full bill

You may be able to get Council Tax Reduction (this used to be called Council Tax Benefit) if you’re on a low income or get benefits.

You can challenge your Council Tax band if you think your home is in the wrong valuation band.

Changes that may affect your council tax band

Your property may be revalued and put in a different band in some circumstances, for example, if:

▪️You demolish part of your property and don’t rebuild it

▪️You alter your property to create 2 or more self-contained units, for example an annexe – each unit will have its own band

▪️You split a single property into self-contained flats

▪️You convert flats into a single property

▪️You start or stop working from home

▪️The previous owner made changes to your property

▪️There are significant changes to your local area, like a new road being built

▪️A similar property in your area has its Council Tax band changed

Ask the Valuation Office Agency (VOA) if you want to know if changes to your property will affect your Council Tax band.

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