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Council Tax Reduction - who can apply

If you were on Council Tax Benefit on 31 March 2013 and your circumstances have not changed, you do not need to apply for a Council Tax Reduction (CTR) as your existing Council Tax Benefit claim should have been treated as an application for CTR.

If you are part of a couple, one partner must make an application for a Council Tax Reduction (CTR) on behalf of both. The amount of reduction is worked out on the basis of your combined income and capital.

If you are a couple, your CTR may be higher if one partner is the CTR applicant than if the other applies. This can apply if one of you has reached the qualifying age for state pension credit but the other hasn't, or if one of you might be eligible for a premium.

You are classed as a pensioner for CTR calculations if:

  • you have reached the qualifying age for state pension credit (this may not be your actual age); and
  • neither you, nor your partner is receiving income support, income-based jobseeker's allowance (JSA), income-related employment and support allowance (ESA) or Universal Credit (UC).

If you are part of a couple and only one of you has reached the qualifying age for state pension credit, for your application to be assessed under the pensioner rules it should be the person who has reached pension credit age who is the CTR applicant.

If someone is unable to apply for CTR themselves, for example because they are in hospital, someone else can apply on their behalf if they have been given powers to manage that person’s affairs by a court.

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