Council tax reduction
You can apply to us to get money off your council tax bill if you’re on a low income or claiming housing benefit or Universal Credit.
What you'll get
You can get up to 100% reduction, depending on:
- your circumstances (for example, income, number of children)
- your household income - this includes things like savings, pension, your partner’s income
- if your children live with you
- if other adults live with you
How do I claim?
If you wish to make a new claim for a Council Tax Reduction you need to fill in an online application form.
If you are already claiming Council Tax Reduction and wish to tell us about a change to your claim, you will need to complete a change of circumstances form.
To make a new claim for a Council Tax Reduction you need to fill in an application form.
This online form also provides an option to apply for Housing Benefit. For most people, this has now been replaced by Universal Credit so, for most circumstances, applications for Housing Benefit using this form will not be accepted. Visit make a claim for Universal Credit
for further information.
If my claim is refused
If you are not happy with our decision about your claim for Council Tax Reduction, you can make an appeal.
Change in circumstances
If you are claiming Council Tax Reduction you must tell us about changes that might affect your benefit/reduction straight away. The decision to award you a reduction is based on your circumstances at the time the claim is made.
Failure to report these changes to us could mean that we are giving you too much reduction, which you will need to pay back.
Claims for free school meals
If you are in receipt of Council Tax Reduction, you may also be entitled to claim free school meals for any children you are responsible for. This could save you as much as £400 per year per child. Visit our free school meals webpage for details.