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.

Pensioners

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 percent 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 percent 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 percent 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 percent 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

Amount you could get

Use our online benefit calculator to find out how much you could get.

If you are about to claim universal credit, you will need to get an estimate of how much you will get before using our calculator. You can get an estimate from the turn2us website.

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