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Council Tax Reduction - how your income is worked out if you are classed as a pensioner

This advice applies to Wales

If you're on a low income, you may be entitled to some help towards paying your council tax. This is called Council Tax Reduction (CTR).

There are special rules about how your income is worked out if you are classed as a pensioner for CTR.

Are you treated as a pensioner for Council Tax Reduction (CTR) calculations

You are classed as a pensioner for CTR calculations if:

  • you have reached the qualifying age for state pension credit, and
  • neither you, nor your partner is receiving income support, income-based Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA) or income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA), or universal credit, and
  • 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 you are classed as a pensioner for CTR calculations there are special rules about how your income is treated when calculating CTR.

The rules depend on whether you or your partner:

  • get the guarantee part of pension credit
  • get the savings part of pension credit, but not the guarantee part
  • don't get pension credit.

If you get the guarantee part of pension credit

If you or your partner get the guarantee part of pension credit, or both the guarantee part and the savings part, your income is ignored and you will be entitled to the maximum CTR, but there may be a deduction for any non-dependants who live in your household.

If you get the savings part of pension credit but not the guarantee part

If you or your partner get the savings part of pension credit but not the guarantee credit, the Pension Service will need to give your local authority the figure for your income that they used to calculate your savings credit. The local authority uses this figure to begin to work out how much CTR you are entitled to but some adjustments will have to be made to the figures.

If you don't get pension credit

If neither you nor your partner get pension credit the local authority will need to work out your income as a weekly amount to see if you are entitled to CTR and, if you are, how much CTR you are entitled to. Your income includes your partner's income.

If your income is the same as, or less than, your applicable amount you will receive maximum CTR, but there may be a deduction for any non-dependants.

If your income is more than your applicable amount, the local authority will work out the difference between them. It will then work out 20 per cent of the difference figure and take this amount from your maximum CTR less any deduction for non-dependants. The result is the amount of your CTR.

Next Steps

Other useful information

  • You can find information about the qualifying age for state pension credit on the GOV.UK website. Go to www.gov.uk
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