If you have to pay Council Tax and you are on a low income, you could get Council Tax Rebate.
The rules for Council Tax Rebate are different depending on whether you are of working age or you have reached the age for State Pension Credit.
We will work out Council Tax Rebate under a scheme decided by the Government. The maximum help you will get will be based on the Council Tax you pay for your home.
If you do not qualify for Council Tax Rebate in your own right, you could get Second Adult Rebate. If the person who shares your home is:
Aged 18 or over
Not a boarder or sub-tenant
Not your spouse or partner
Not paying Council Tax themselves
On a low income
... you may be able to get a rebate of up to 25 percent of what you have to pay.
You will not get Council Tax Rebate if you have more than £16,000 in capital or savings (unless you get Guarantee Credit).
People of working age
For people of working age, we will work out Council Tax Rebate using our local scheme
. You will have to pay at least 20 percent of your Council Tax bill.
If you live in a property that is either Band D, E, F, G or H, we work out support based on Council Tax payable for a Band C property. This means the maximum help we can give will be 80 percent of the Council Tax payable for a Band C property.
If you live in a Band A, B or C property, the maximum Council Tax Rebate will be 80 percent of your Council Tax bill.
You will not get Council Tax Rebate if you have more than £6,000 in capital or savings.
We cannot award Council Tax Rebate if you are a student unless you:
Are under 21 and not in higher education and you started a course before you became 19; or
Are a lone parent, disabled or you get Income Support, income-based Jobseekers’ Allowance or income-related Employment and Support Allowance; or
Have a partner who is not a student
How much could I get?
If you are about to claim Universal Credit, you will need to get an estimate of how much you will get before using our calculator. You can get an estimate from the turn2us website