Council tax reduction scheme

From 1 April 2020, our council tax reduction scheme is changing to a banding scheme for working age applicants. We needed to make changes to the local scheme because of the way Universal Credit is calculated. Our aim is to simplify the process for all working age customers, giving increased stability to those whose wages or income fluctuate each month and reduce the number of revised council tax bills for minor changes in income.

Read the scheme rules

You are not liable to pay council tax until you are 18. To claim council tax reduction you must be liable to pay council tax (you are the person whose name is on the bill).

The council tax reduction scheme provides financial help for people on a low income. The amount you receive is calculated based on your income and the size and needs of your household.

All councils are required to create a local scheme, so ours may differ from those being operated in neighbouring boroughs. You can check how much you are entitled to using our online calculator.

Current scheme rules

Page last updated: 30 Apr 2020