Council tax support

Council tax support is a benefit to help some people pay their council tax.

You should apply straightaway if you think you are eligible for council tax support as it is not always possible to backdate payments. You should also let us know immediately if your circumstances change as any overpayment must be paid back to the council.

There are also other council tax discounts you may be able to claim.

Consultation for 2023-24

Each year we review the council tax support scheme for the following year. We are proposing to change the scheme for 2023-24 and would like your views. Please refer to the consultation briefing paper for full details and have your say.

The consultation for the scheme for 2023-24 will run until 20 November 2022.

Apply for council tax support

Please use our benefits calculator to see which benefits you may be entitled to before applying for council tax support.

Council tax support is a means tested benefit. This means that your income and savings are taken into consideration when applying.

To make a claim for council tax support, you will need to complete the following online application form.

If awarded, council tax support is paid directly to your council tax account.

If you need to provide additional evidence to support your claim, you can send this to us online.

If you have any questions about council tax support, please email or phone 01730 234175.

Council tax support scheme

This document details how the scheme will operate for both pension credit age and working age applicants and in accordance with Section 13A of the Local Government Finance Act 1992 which specifies the classes of person who are to be entitled to a reduction under the scheme.

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