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.
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.
Manage your council tax support online
You can manage your council tax support online by creating a portal account. The portal gives you full access to your account where you can notify us of changes and apply for discounts and exemptions.
You can also let us know if you are moving house.
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.
- Council tax support scheme 2023-24 (pdf 1.7 mb)
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