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Council Tax Reduction Scheme helps people on a low income pay their Council Tax bill; it can help you pay all or part of your Council Tax.

This page should be read with the Housing Benefit page, where applicable. Please note, if you wish to claim both Housing Benefit and Council Tax Reduction you only need to complete one form. Council Tax Reduction is available to reduce the cost of Council Tax for people on a low income.

Anyone who has to pay Council Tax can claim a reduction (this does not cover water and sewerage charges.)

Owner/occupiers can get assistance to pay their council tax.

You can complete the Housing Benefit and Council Tax Reduction application form below.

Application form

In order to make a claim you must provide: 

  • A fully completed application form
  • Proof of your identity
  • Your National Insurance number
  • Evidence of income, savings and all capital

What happens next:

Any new claims for Housing Benefit/Council Tax Reduction should be processed within 4 weeks of submission.

Providing the required supporting documents along with the application may speed up the process.