Council Tax Reduction - how your income is worked out if you are not classed as a pensioner
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 not classed as a pensioner for CTR.
Top tipsFor information about help if you are working but on a low income see Benefits and tax credits for people in work
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 not classed as a pensioner for CTR calculations
There are special rules about how your income is treated when calculating CTR if you are not treated as a pensioner.
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 who live in your household.
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.
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