Council tax reduction

Local council tax reduction schemes have been introduced to replace Council Tax Benefit. These are schemes that will help towards the cost of your council tax if you are on a low income.

Council tax schemes are different across the UK:

  • In England, each local council has its own council tax reduction scheme. The exact support available will depend on where you live.
  • In Scotland and Wales, there are national council tax reduction schemes. These discounts are the same across Scotland and Wales.
  • Northern Ireland has rates instead of council tax. NiDirect has more information about help with paying your rates.

In some areas, councils also have discretionary funds for council tax. In these areas, it may be possible to get a payment to help with your council tax. These schemes have different names in different areas.

How to claim

Contact your local council to find out what support they offer. You should be able to find your local council’s contact details in your phone book.

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