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Council Tax Reduction - who can apply

This advice applies to Scotland

Coronavirus – council tax reduction

If your income is reduced due to coronavirus, check if you can pay less council tax. You might be able to get a council tax reduction.

Use our check my council tax tool to see if you can get any help with your council tax.

Also check to see if you can get any other help to pay your bills if you’re struggling because of coronavirus.

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.

More about premiums

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).

More about the qualifying age for state pension credit on the GOV.UK website

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.

More about managing affairs for someone else

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