Who can claim council tax reduction?
- If you are on a low income (including self employed) - you don't need to be claiming any other benefit to qualify
- If your savings are less than £16,000 (different capital rules apply to people over 60)
- If you have to pay council tax on your home
- If you are certain types of student
Not everyone is entitled to council tax reduction. Some of the most common reasons claims being refused are:
- Savings over £16,000 usually mean you will not be able to get council tax reduction. Savings over £6,000 (over £10,000 for those aged over 60) will affect your claim
- If you have come to live in the United Kingdom in the last 2 years
- Most asylum seekers and people who are sponsored to be in the UK cannot get housing benefits.
- You do not pay council tax on your home.
Please note: there are other reasons that may lead to a claim being refused.
Not eligible? Discounts and exemptions
If you are not eligible for council tax reduction (formerly council tax benefit) you may be eligible for a discount or exemption (e.g. single person, students).
The amount you receive
The amount you receive will be calculated based on the following:
- Money you and your partner have coming in, including earnings, some benefits and tax credits and things like occupational pensions.
- Your and your partner's capital savings and investments.
- Your circumstances, such as your age, the number of people in your household and the ages of your children, whether you or any of your household are disabled