Council tax support
If you have to pay Council tax and you are on a low income, you could get council tax support.
The rules for council tax support depend on whether you are of working age or you have reached the age for state pension credit.
Additional support for the Coronavirus emergency
If you are of working age and you get any amount of Council Tax Support (CTS) during 2020/21, we will apply a further reduction of up to £150, from a grant we have received from the Government. We sent new bills to existing CTS customers on 5 May 2020. We will award this extra help to all new CTS customers from this date automatically – you do not need to contact us or make a separate claim.
We will work out council tax support under a scheme decided by the Government. The most you will get will be based on the council tax you pay for your home.
If you don’t qualify for council tax support in your own right, you could get second adult rebate. If the person who shares your home is:
- aged 18 or over
- not a boarder or sub-tenant
- not your spouse or partner
- not paying Council tax themselves
- on a low income
... you may be able to get a rebate of up to 25% of what you have to pay.
You will not get council tax support if you have more than £16,000 in capital or savings (unless you get guarantee credit).
People of working age
For people of working age, we will work out council tax support using our local income band scheme. You will have to pay at least 20% of your council tax bill.
If you live in a property that is either band E, F, G or H, we work out support based on council tax payable for a band D property. This means the most we can give will be 80% of the council tax payable for a band D property.
If you live in a band A, B, C or D property, the maximum council tax support will be 80% of your council tax bill.
You will not get council tax support if you have more than £6,000 in capital or savings.
We cannot award council tax support if you are a student unless you:
- are under 21 and not in higher education and you started a course before you became 19
- are a lone parent, disabled or you get income support, income-based jobseekers’ allowance or income-related employment and support allowance
- have a partner who is not a student