Council Tax Reduction Scheme (CTRS)
Council Tax Reduction Scheme
The Council Tax Reduction Scheme provides financial assistance to 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.
The CTR scheme is funded with a limited amount of money, which is made available from the government. As there is less funding available this year we have reviewed the scheme to make sure that it continues to provide financial support for as many people as possible.
Following an eight week consultation, the level of reduction has now been set for 2019/2020.
From 1 April 2019, the maximum discount a working-age person can receive will be unchanged from 2017 and remain at 65% of their Council Tax bill. This means that all working age people who currently claim a Council Tax Reduction discount will be required to pay a minimum contribution of 35% towards their Council Tax.
Our scheme will continue to offer support on a means-tested basis, which may mean you receive less support, but this will depend on your income plus the size and needs of your household.
If you or your partner are under 63 but receiving War Disablement or War Widows Pension, or over 63 and you or your partner are receiving one of the following benefits:
- Jobseeker's Allowance (Income Based)
- Employment Support Allowance (Income Related)
- Income Support
your claim will remain unchanged.
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 Benefit
- 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.
Apply for Council Tax Reduction
You can apply if you do not already have a Council Tax Reduction Scheme discount applied and you are experiencing difficulties paying your Council Tax bill.