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Council Tax Support Fund 2023-24

Having recognised the impact of rising bills, the government is distributing £100 million of new grant funding in 2023-24 for local authorities to support economically vulnerable households in their area with Council Tax bills. Local authorities will use most of their funding allocations to reduce Council Tax bills for current working age and pension age Local Council Tax Support (LCTS) claimants by up to £25. The remaining fund will then be used to further support vulnerable households with Council Tax bills.

If you are in receipt of Local Council Tax Support there is no need for you to contact us as the reduction will be automatically applied to your Council tax bill for 2023-24, if there is a balance outstanding on the account. This page will be updated with further information on the scheme as soon as it is available.

More information can be found on the Government website.

Council Tax Reduction Scheme

Our Local Council tax Reduction Scheme is changing from 1st April 2023.  The details of the new banded scheme are in the grid below. If you are already in receipt of Local Council Tax Reduction the change to the new scheme will be automatic you will not need to do anything.  This webpage will be updated with the details of how applications can be made very soon.  You can still apply for this help now under our existing scheme up until 31st March 2023.

Discount BandDiscountSingle Person  Single Person with one ChildSingle person with two or more childrenCoupleCouple with one childCouple with two or more children
Band 1100%£0 - £95.00£0 - £170.00£0 - £245.00£0 - £140.00£0 -£215.00£0 -£290.00
Band 275%£95.01 - £145.00£170.01 -£220.00£245.01 - £295.00£140.01 - £190.00£205.01 - £265.00£290.01 -£340.00 
Band 350%£145.01 -£195.00£220.01 - £270.00£295.01 - £345.00£190.01 -£240.00£265.01 - £315.00£340.01 -£390.00
Band 425%£195.01 - £245.00£270.01 - £320.00£345.01 - £395.00£240.00  - £290.00£315.01 - £365.00£390.01 -£440.00
 0%Over £245.00Over £320.00Over £395.00Over £290.00Over £365.00Over £440.00 

If you are on a low income, you may be entitled to claim help with your housing costs and get a reduction on your council tax. Housing benefit and council tax reduction are administered by the council, and Universal Credit by the Department for Works and Pensions (DWP). Find out more below.