Council tax reduction

 If you need help to pay your council tax bill, you may be able to get a 'Council Tax Reduction (benefit)'. 

Council Tax Reduction and Second Adult Rebate (pensioners only) won't affect other benefits you get.

To work out your Council Tax Reduction, we'll look at:

  • money you and your partner or civil partner have coming in, including earnings, some benefits and tax credits and things like occupational pensions
  • your savings and your partner's or civil partner's savings
  • your circumstances: for example your age, the size of your family and their ages, if you or any of your family are disabled, and if anyone who lives with you could help with the rent

If you're entitled to Income Support, income-based Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA) or the 'guarantee credit' of Pension Credit you could get maximum help with your council tax. There are a few exceptions listed in the table below.

The rules for benefits mean that your individual circumstances may affect the amount you get. This means you won't always be able to work out exactly how much you'll get by using the amounts shown in the table below.

Council tax reduction: Weekly amounts from 1 April 2017
CircumstanceWorking AgePensioners
Non-dependants receiving Income Support, income-based JSA or Pension Credit No reduction No reduction
Non-dependants in remunerative work with gross weekly income of less than £196.94 £4.06 £3.80
Non-dependants in remunerative work with gross weekly income from £196.95 to £341.39 £8.05 £7.65
Non-dependants in remunerative work with gross weekly income from £341.40 to £424.19 £10.14 £9.65
Non-dependants in remunerative work with gross weekly income of £424.20 or over £12.16 £11.55
Non-dependants aged 18 or over and not in remunerative work £4.06 £3.80
Dwelling occupied by a student or students and one or more people on Income Support, income-based Jobseeker's Allowance or Pension Credit N/A 100% off council tax bill
Rebate for second adults on Income Support, income-based JSA or Pension Credit N/A 25% off council tax bill
Second adult's gross weekly income less than £194.95 N/A 15% off council tax bill
Second adult's gross weekly income from £194.96 to £252.50 N/A 7.5% off council tax bill

Only use the amounts shown above as a guide.

Apply / make a claim

You can make a new claim online - go to our make a benefit claim page for more information.

How council tax reduction is paid

  • We credit any reduction to your council tax account to reduce your total bill. 
  • You'll get a new bill showing the reduced amount of council tax you have to pay.

You're not eligible, if

  • You have savings of over £16,000, unless you're aged 60 or over and getting the 'guarantee credit' of Pension Credit.
  • You're an asylum seeker or sponsored to be in the UK.

If you're struggling to pay your council tax bill, and you've looked at all other options, we may be able to offer you a discretionary discount to help make your council tax instalments more affordable.

Second Adult Rebate (Pensioners only)

Second Adult Rebate is for single people who pay council tax and share their home with another adult who is:

  • on a low income
  • aged 18 or over
  • not your partner or civil partner
  • not paying you rent
  • not paying council tax themselves

We work out if you qualify for a Second Adult Rebate at the same time as assessing you for a Council Tax Reduction.

You may be able to get a Second Adult Rebate even if you're: 

  • not entitled to Council Tax Reduction (benefit)
  • only entitled to benefit which would cover 25 per cent or less of your council tax
Percentage of reduction on your council tax available
Reason for Council Tax reductionPercentage of reduction
Rebate for second adults on Income Support, income-based Jobseeker's Allowance or Pension Credit 25%
If the second adult's gross weekly income is less than £194.94 15%
If the second adult's gross weekly income is between £194.95 to £252.49 7.5% 
  • If you're entitled to both Council Tax Reduction and Second Adult Rebate you'll get the one that gives you most money.
  • Your income and savings won't affect Second Adult Rebate as it's based on the other person's circumstances.

Rules for working age or pensioner claims for Council Tax Reduction

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Revenue Services (Benefits)

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