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Do you need help paying council tax?

The Council is committed to supporting residents where possible in easing financial pressures during these unprecedented times. 

If your council tax is payable in instalments to January or February, we can extend these to March, therefore lowering your  monthly payments.


Who can claim

You can claim 'council tax reduction' if you receive a council tax bill for the property you live in, and the bill is in your name or joint names with someone else.  

You won't be able to claim if:

  • you are of pension age and you and any partner have over £16,000 in savings (unless you receive the guarantee element of Pension Credit Savings Credit)
  • you are working age and you and any partner have more than £16,000 in savings. 

Use our benefits calculator to work out what you are entitled to.

How to apply

You can make a claim online.

To apply for council tax reduction you will need to create or log in to a High Peak online account. If you don't have one already, click the button below and register. If you already have an account with us you can also log in here.

Once you're registered

  • go to 'Submit a request' and select the 'Claim Benefit' form
  • it should take between 15 and 20 minutes to complete
  • you will need to have your personal and income details ready
  • you can upload scanned / saved evidence of your address, income and other benefits or do this later

Second Adult Rebate (SAR)

Second Adult Rebate is a form of Council Tax Reduction. Single people in a household are awarded a 25% discount off their Council Tax bill. If you don't get this discount because a dependant adult lives with you, you may be entitled to Second Adult Rebate.

Other council tax discounts

If you are not entitled to council tax reduction you may be entitled to a discount if you:

  • are a student
  • are the only adult living in a property
  • are disabled and have adapted your home
  • own an empty property that you are not living in
  • have moved away to provide or receive care