Council Tax Reduction
You may be entitled to a rebate on your bill. The amount of help you get depends on your personal circumstances, your income and your savings.
How and when to claim
Our Benefits Calculator can tell you if you may be entitled to a Council Tax Reduction. You should then contact our benefits department to make a claim, however, only those named on the Council Tax bill can claim a Council Tax Reduction. You should make a claim for a reduction as soon as you think you need to because the reduction cannot normally be backdated. If you know your circumstances are going to change, you can claim up to eight weeks before the change is due to happen.
If you make a claim for Income Support or Jobseekers Allowance (Income Based), you can claim Council Tax Reduction at the same time. The Benefits Agency should pass the form to us but we do recommend you also contact our Benefits Section.
If you wish to claim Council Tax Reduction and you have not received a form please contact our Benefits Section.
Forms are available from any of our council offices.
Your council tax bill can also be reduced due to other circumstances. More information is available in our Discounts and Exemptions section.
Change of circumstances
If you claim Council Tax Reduction and/or Second Adult Rebate, you must keep us informed about any changes happening to you and the people living with you that may affect the amount you are entitled to receive.
Even small changes may affect how much we can pay you.
This page was last updated on 10/04/2013