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Council Tax Support

Use our benefits calculator to find out what benefits and support you may be entitled to.

To make a claim, doing it online is the fastest way to get your claim for Housing Benefit or Council Tax Support started.

What is Council Tax Support?

Council Tax Support is a local Council Tax Discount. It is a means tested benefit to help you pay your Council Tax. This means the amount you get depends on things like:


Our Council Tax Reduction Scheme - also known as Council Tax Support Scheme for 2020/21 was approved on 26 February 2020 and came into effect from 1 April 2020.

The following changes were made to the scheme.

1 – Increase the maximum amount of support from 75% to 80%.

2 - Reducing the standard level of non-dependant deduction from £15 to £10 for non-dependants who work more than 16 hours per week

3 – Disregarding child maintenance paid to a claimant or partner in the calculation of CTS.

4 – Disregarding child benefit paid to a claimant or partner in the calculation of CTS.

 5 - Applying a fixed income period to working age claims for CTS to avoid multiple changes.

6 – Applying a tolerance to Universal Credit claims for Council Tax Support to avoid multiple changes.

If you would like to set up an arrangement to pay your Council Tax over 12 months or to pay weekly please contact the Council Tax team on 01795 417272 or visit one of our district offices.

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Council tax reduction scheme 2020-21

Read our council tax reduction scheme 2019 to 2020 (PDF 1.03mb).
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