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 and those entitled to Universal Credit)
  • 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 £10,000 for those aged over 60 will reduce your council tax reduction entitlement. 
  • Savings over £6000 and being entitled to Universal Credit mean you will not be able to get council tax reduction.
  • 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.

Check eligibility

Calculator: check what you may be entitled to 

(Please note that Council Tax Reduction is a scheme local to Warwick District. The estimate provided by this externally hosted calculator is not based directly on this scheme and so may only provide an approximation of your likely council tax reduction entitlement).

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