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Apply for council tax reduction

Download the Housing Benefit and Council Tax Reduction Claim Form (PDF: 402Kb / 23 pages) to make an apply for Council Tax Reduction.

Can I claim Council Tax Reduction if I am already claiming benefits?

If you or your partner are claiming:

  • Income Support
  • Job Seeker's Allowance (Income Based)
  • Employment and Support Allowance (Income Related) or
  • Pension Credit

make sure that you tell Jobcentre Plus or the Pension Service that you wish to apply for a Council Tax Reduction. They normally send this information to us so that we can contact you to make an application. Applications made with Jobcentre Plus or the Pension Service for:

  • Income Support
  • Job Seeker's Allowance
  • Pension Credit or
  • Employment and Support Allowance

do not count as a claim for a council tax reduction.

If you have not heard from us within two weeks of making a claim for one of the benefits listed above, download an application form linked below, or contact the Benefits Team immediately for an application form.

Can I claim Council Tax Reduction if I don't receive any other benefits?

If you are not in receipt of:

  • Income Support
  • Job Seeker's Allowance (Income Based)
  • Employment and Support Allowance (Income Related)
  • Pension Credits

Complete the Housing Benefit and Council Tax Reduction Claim Form (PDF: 280Kb / 23 pages). You can still apply for a Council Tax Reduction. Any reduction will be based on your income and your personal or family circumstances.

Once we have received the completed form from you, together with all the necessary information, including your proof of identity, we will assess your claim for a council tax reduction and/or Housing Benefit.

Do my partner and I have to make separate claims?

If you live with a partner you should only make one application for both of you. It does not matter which of you claim, unless one of you is a student. If one of you is a student (and the other is not) it is the non-student who should claim, with the student being entered as your partner on the form.

If you do not provide all the information that we ask for we will not be able to work out your entitlement.

When does council tax reduction start and end?

Your Council Tax Reduction will normally start on the Monday following the date your application form is received by us.

Application forms requested in:

  • a visit
  • by telephone
  • letter
  • email, or
  • during a telephone application for another benefit with Jobcentre Plus, or the Pension Service

need to be returned within a month of the date of issue. This is for payment to commence from the Monday following the date the request was made to us. This will even apply if the claim is received on a Monday. It is very important that you send the form as soon as possible. Any information to go with the form can be sent separately at a later date.

Read about backdating your council tax reduction, if you wish your reduction to start from an earlier date.

If your entitlement to a reduction stops due to a change in your circumstances, you will normally receive a reduction up to and including the Sunday following the date that the change occurred. You will normally receive a reduction up to and including the day before you move out.

How often do I have to reapply for a Council Tax Reduction?

You do not have to reapply for a reduction. You are required to inform us about changes in your circumstances when they arise. In addition, we will be undertaking checks on applications. We may write or visit you from time to time to verify the information you have provided.