Council tax discretionary reduction scheme

The council tax discretionary reduction scheme provides assistance to people who are unable to pay their council tax bill. Reductions are made on the basis of hardship.

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.

Reductions cannot be made to cover court costs, recovery costs or penalty charges. For example, you may be having problems because you are receiving benefits and your council tax support does not cover all of your council tax bill, or you could have lost your job and have no savings.

Apply for a discretionary reduction

The bill payer or the person liable to pay the council tax (or their nominee) must complete a council tax discretionary reduction claim form.

You must provide us with information that we request to make a decision, including:

  • why you are unable to pay you council tax bill
  • household income and expenditure
  • savings and investments
  • if you have received debt or benefits advice

We may ask for additional information and/or evidence if necessary.

If you need help filling in the application forms you can make an appointment with our benefit advisers on tel: 01904 552044.

Alternatively you may get help for the Citizens Advice Bureau or Christians Against Poverty.

For information on where to get debt and benefits advice visit the Advice York website.

Our decision on discretionary reductions

Find out how we consider your circumstances when making a decision on your application.

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