The Council Tax Discretionary Reduction Scheme provides assistance to people who are unable to pay their council tax bill.
To apply you must complete a Council Tax Discretionary Reduction claim form. The form can be completed by:
- the bill payer
- the person liable to pay the council tax
- someone who has been nominated to act on their behalf
If you need help filling in the application forms you can make an appointment with our advisers by contacting the Benefits Team.
In order to make a decision we will need you to confirm:
- why you are unable to pay you council tax bill
- details of your household income and expenditure
- details of any savings and investments
- whether you have received debt or benefits advice
We may ask for additional information or evidence if necessary.
Reductions cannot be made to cover court costs, recovery costs or penalty charges. Reductions may only be made on the basis of hardship:
- you may be receiving benefits but your Council Tax Support does not cover all of your council tax bill
- you could have lost your job and have no savings
Further advice or assistance with debt
When applying for a discretionary reduction, you will need to provide evidence that you have already sought advice about dealing with your debt elsewhere. Get more information on where to get debt and benefits advice from the following independent service providers:
- GOV.UK debt advice
- details of free debt advice services from the Money Advice Service
- advice on managing money from the Money Advice Service
- Citizens Advice Bureau
- Advice York website
Our decision on discretionary reductions
Each application is considered on its individual merits and will be based on your council tax bill after any discounts, exemptions, reductions for disabilities or support have been deducted.
Find out how we consider your circumstances when making your Council Tax Discretionary Reduction Scheme award decision.