Recognising the impact of rising bills, the government is making available £100 million of new grant funding for local authorities to help economically vulnerable households in their area with 2023-24 council tax payments.

The government expects local authorities to use the majority of their funding allocations to reduce bills by up to £25 for current working age and pension age Council Tax Reduction (CTR) recipients.

Who is eligible

You are eligible for the additional support if all of the follow conditions apply:

  • you are working or pension age
  • you are in receipt of CTR on 1st April 2023
  • you have a balance of council tax to pay for 2023-24 after CTR has been applied to your bill

If your balance to pay after CTR is more than £25, you will receive a £25 reduction. If the balance is less than £25, you will receive a reduction to take your bill to zero.

How it will be paid

There is no need to make a claim for this support. We will automatically apply it to the council tax bills of those who are eligible.

Other help available

It is anticipated that funding will be available for discretionary awards, and a scheme is being developed. Further details will be provided when the scheme has been agreed.

If you are struggling to pay your council tax, contact us as soon as possible to discuss what help you may be able to get.

There are details of the grants, benefits and other help available on our Financial support for residents webpage.

There are also other local and national grants available to help with the cost of living, the organisation Warm and Well can help you find out what you might be eligible for. We work with them to offer householders energy efficiency advice and support.

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