Council Tax Reduction can reduce your Council Tax bill if you are on a low income.Council Tax Reduction is available to both homeowners and tenants in all Council Tax bands.
If you are on Income Support or income-based Jobseeker's Allowance, these benefits will stop after you have been absent from home for either four or eight weeks.
If these benefits stop, your Housing Benefit and Council Tax Reduction have to stop at the same time.
The amount of Council Tax Reduction you will get depends on the amount of Council Tax you have to pay, the amount of money you have coming in and the number of people in your household.
Council Tax Reduction can reduce your Council Tax bill to zero, although you will still need to pay your Water and Wastewater charges.
Changes may mean you are entitled to a higher or lower reduction.
Council Tax Reduction (CTR) is sometimes called Council Tax Support and it provides help for people on a low income. Council Tax Reduction schemes are run by local councils; as a result schemes will differ depending on who your council is.If you qualify for CTR you won't receive any payments but your Council Tax bill will be reduced instead, this could be shown as: Council Tax Reduction is means tested.This means that your income will be assessed - this includes savings, pensions and your partner's income.Tell us if you are going away from your home, even for a short period of time.We can often still pay Housing Benefit and Council Tax Reduction for at least some of the time you are away.You will not be able to claim Council Tax Reduction if: When you apply for Council Tax Reduction or Housing Benefit, you will need to provide evidence to support your application.