Council Tax Reduction Scheme (CTRS)
Council Tax Reduction Scheme
On the 1st April 2013 Northampton Borough Council introduced our local Council Tax Reduction Scheme, which replaced Council Tax Benefit.
The Council Tax Reduction Scheme provides financial assistance to help people on a low income. As the scheme is means-tested the amount you receive depends on your income plus the size and needs of your household.
Due to the reduced funding the council now receives, the level of support we are able to provide has been reduced for all working age customers (people aged between 18 and 62).
From 1st April 2017 the maximum discount a person receives is due to be reduced from 71% to 65%. This means that all working age people who currently claim Council Tax Reduction are required to pay a minimum contribution of 35% towards their Council Tax.
This change also affects people who receive state benefits and are not working, e.g. Income Support and Job Seekers Allowance.
If you or your partner are over 62 or are under 62 but receiving War Disablement or War Widows Pension the amount you receive will not be affected by this reduction; however, the amount you do receive will be based on a means-tested calculation.
As before we will continue to disregard the following income from the means-tested assessment of this discount:
- War Widows Pension
- War Disablement Pension
- Child Maintenance
- Disability Living Allowance or Personal Independence Payments
- Attendance Allowance
Your Council Tax Reduction discount will be shown on your bill, along with the balance you will need to pay.
Appeals and queries
On the bill you will see a Council Tax Reduction Scheme discount. If you have received your bill and believe that the discount applied is incorrect, you can appeal.
Register for an online Citizens Account, where you can receive your notifications electronically.
Apply for Council Tax Reduction
If you do not have a Council Tax Reduction Scheme discount applied and you are experiencing difficulties paying your Council Tax bill, you can make an online application