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Are you entitled to a council tax reduction?

Council Tax reduction maximum income levels 2018-2019

Use the tables below to see if you qualify. They show the highest net weekly income at which you can get help. This is based on Council Tax Band A (£1,170.42) and Band D (£1,755.62). These are illustrative figures only.

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Households without children

Household 18 to 24
Band A
£
18 to 24
Band D
£
25 to 59
Band A
£
25 to 59
Band D
£
60 to 64
Band A
£
60 to 64
Band D
£
65+
Band A
£
65+
Band D
£
Single Person 142.05 179.25 157.25 194.45 247.15 284.35 260.55 297.75
Couple 227.10 276.60 227.10 276.60 361.05 410.55 376.05 425.55

Households with children

Household 18 to 24
Band A
£
25 to 59
Band D
£
60 to 64
Band A
£
65+
Band D
£
Single Parent with 1 child 241.60 278.80 331.50 382.10
Single Parent with 2 children 308.50 347.50 398.40 449.00
Single Parent with 3 children 375.40 412.60 465.30 515.90
Single Parent with 4 children 442.30 479.50 532.20 582.80
Single Parent with 5 children 509.20 546.40 599.10 649.70
Couple with 1 child 311.45 360.95 445.40 509.90
Couple with 2 children 378.35 427.85 512.30 576.80
Couple with 3 children 445.25 494.75 579.20 643.70
Couple with 4 children 512.15 561.65 646.10 710.60
Couple with 5 children 579.05 628.55 713.00 777.50

If you are in employment, add the following amounts to the above weekly incomes:

Earnings disregards

Claimant type Amount
Single Person £5
Couple £10
Single Parent £25

 Additional Earnings disregards

Claimant type Number of hours worked weekly Amount
  • *Single Parent
  • *Couple with Children
  • *Disabled People
  • *Certain People aged 50 years or over
working at least 16 hours per week £17.10
  • *Single Person (aged 25 years or over)
  • *Couple (at least one aged 25 years or over) without children
working at least 30 hours per week £17.10

*In addition to the Single, Couple and Single Parent amounts.

Notes

If you are 60 years of age or over, the total income figure from the above table may not apply straight away. This is due to the equalisation of pension age. We disregard certain types of income. The most common types of income are:

  • child benefit
  • disability living allowance
  • personal independence payments
  • mobility allowance
  • maintenance received for a child
  • war disablement pension
  • war widows' pension
  • attendance allowance
  • certain types of expenses paid to employed earners and voluntary workers.

We disregard many other less well-known types of income. Please contact us if you need advice.

Your net weekly income is after deducting any tax and national insurance payments. This includes 50% of any payment to a pension scheme.

If you have more than £16,000 worth of capital assets, you will not be entitled to benefit. For every £250 or part £250 above £6,000, we add £1.00 to your weekly income. If you are aged 60 years or over, we disregard the first £10,000. We will add £1.00 for every £500 between £10,000 and £16,000. If you are in receipt of Guarantee Credit, the capital limit of £16,000 does not apply.

Students cannot normally get a Council Tax Reduction under this scheme. If you are:

  • a pensioner
  • a lone parent
  • disabled
  • you receive income support
  • income-based job seeker's allowance
  • you are responsible for a child
  • under 19 years of age on a further education course

you could be entitled to a reduction. If you are living together as husband and wife, and one partner is not a student, you may qualify.

Second Adult Rebate (Alternative Council Tax Reduction). If you have other people aged over 18 years living with you who do not pay you rent, you may be able to claim Second Adult Rebate. You must be the only person liable to pay Council Tax for your home. You must be single, or have a partner who is entitled to discount. We calculate Second Adult Rebate by total gross income of all other adults. We do not count your own income, or your partner’s, if you have one. Second Adult Rebate is an alternative reduction scheme. You cannot receive a reduction for both. We will award the one that is greater, if you have entitlement to both.

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