Working out council tax support

The level of support you can receive depends on which of the following group you fall into:

Group 1 - working age


In general, if both you and your partner were born after 04/10/1952 you will be classed as working age.

All working age claimants are required to pay at least twenty per cent of their council tax liability, unless you or your partner or any of your dependant children receive any of the following benefits, which will protect you from paying at least twenty per cent of your council tax liability:

  • Disability Living Allowance
  • Personal Independence Payment
  • Carers Allowance
  • Incapacity Benefit
  • Employment & Support Allowance (Support Component only)
  • Armed Forces Independence Payment
  • Disabled Person's Tax Credit
  • Attendance Allowance / Constant Attendance Allowance
  • Severe Disablement Allowance
  • Disabled Persons Reduction for Council Tax purposes
  • War Disablement Pension
  • War Widow's Pension
  • War Pensioners Mobility Supplement

If you are working age and have a low income or are in receipt of Job Seekers Allowance, Employment and Support Allowance, or Income Support you may be entitled to CTS to help pay up to a maximum of eighty per cent of your council tax liability. However, any additional income you have will reduce the amount of help you can get.

If you have more than £6,000 in savings and capital you will not be entitled to any CTS.

The amount of CTS that you are entitled to is reduced if you have other adults living with you. 

Group 2 - pensioner


In general, if you or your partner were born before 05/10/1952 you will fall into the pensioner group.

If you are in receipt of Pension Credit Guarantee you should be entitled to CTS.
If you are not in receipt of Pension Credit Guarantee, but have a low income and less than £16,000 in savings and capital, you should still be entitled to some CTS.

The amount of CTS that you are entitled to is reduced if you have other adults living with you. 

Local council tax support scheme

Council Tax

Council tax is a charge made on all domestic properties to help pay for local services. You can pay your council tax online or find out more information by reading the council tax information leaflet