Council Tax Reduction Scheme

The Council Tax Reduction Scheme (CTRS) replaced Council Tax Benefit in 2013.

All local authorities operate their own scheme, but receive around 10% less funding from government than was spent on Council Tax Benefit.

We have decided not to reduce the level of support for those on low incomes. Consequently, we will meet the extra costs from within our budgets.

This means that the Council Tax Reduction Scheme will operate in a similar way to Council Tax Benefit. This level of support is being maintained in the current year.

Working Age and Pension Age Rules 

There are different rules for applicants of working age and applicants of pension age. A full copy of the rules governing both schemes is available to download which should be read together with documents incorporating statutory changes made to the schemes.

Council Tax Reduction Scheme documents (PDFs)

How to make a claim 

If you are on a low income you may be entitled to CTRS and should make a claim. Details of how to claim can be found on our Apply for Housing Benefit and/or Council Tax Reduction page.