If you are living on a low income, you could get Council Tax Support. You may be able to apply for this help with your Council Tax bill, even if you already receive other Council Tax discounts and exemptions.
To qualify for Council Tax Support, you must be living on a low income, and be the person named on the Council Tax bill. To be eligible, there is also an upper limit on the savings that you and any partner can have (excluding the value of your property, if you own it). Select the category below which applies to you, to check your eligibility, and the amount of Council Tax Support you could expect to receive.
You or your partner must have no more than £6,000 in savings or capital.
The amount you may get
We can pay up to 90% of your Council Tax bill. We will use the information about your weekly income which you gave us on your Universal Credit claim to calculate your Council Tax Support.
|Basic weekly income allowance||Discount|
|£0 - £99.99||90%|
|£100 - £199.99||85%|
|£200 - £299.99||80%|
|£300 - £349.99||70%|
|£350 - £399.99||50%|
|£400 and above||0%|
We will increase your weekly income allowance, depending on the size of your household up to a maximum of £125. For example:
- 1 adult + 1 child = £50 extra
- 1 adult + 2 or more children = £100 extra
- 2 adults (no children) = £25 extra
- 2 adults + 1 child = £75 extra
- 2 adults + 2 or more children = £125
So, for example, if you are a single parent with two children at home, you can have a household income up to £99.99 + £100 = £199.99 per week, and still qualify for the 90% rate of Council Tax relief.
You or your partner must have under £10,000 in savings or capital.
The amount you may get
We can pay up to 78% of your Council Tax bill. We will only pay this bill percentage up to the cost of a Band D property Council Tax bill in your area. You may still get Council Tax Support if you live in a property which is valued at Band E or above, but you will only get up to 78% of the cost of a Band D property taken off your bill.
For example, if the Band D Council Tax bill in your area is £1800, and you live in a Band F property, your bill will be £2592. The maximum Council Tax Support you will receive will be 78% of the Band D bill (= £1404, or 54% of your Band F bill), so you will have to pay £2592 - £1404 = £1188.
You or your partner must have under £16,000 in savings or capital.
The amount you may get
We can pay up to 100% of your Council Tax bill.
As part of National and Local Government’s response to the Covid 19 pandemic, the council has introduced a scheme to reduce the council tax payable by Bath and North East Somerset residents who receive Council Tax Support and are of working age.
Each qualifying resident will receive a further reduction of up to £150.00 off their council tax bill for 2020/21. There is no requirement to apply for this additional reduction and the council will automatically apply the relief and issue a revised bill to all residents who qualify. The amount of the award will be based on the amount of council tax which remains payable once an award of council tax support has been made, subject to a maximum amount of £150.00.
To apply for council tax support please use the forms available on this page.
Eligibility and the amount you may get
We can pay up to 100% of your Council Tax bill, if you are of working age and not receiving Universal Credit, and any of the following apply to you or any partner living with you.
- You have a disabled child living with you.
- Your child receives Disability Living Allowance (DLA, either component) at any rate.
- You receive the support component of Employment and Support Allowance (ESA).
- You receive Disability Living Allowance (DLA) care component at the highest rate.
- You receive the enhanced rate of the daily living component of the Personal Independence Payment (PIP).
If you or your partner receive the middle rate of DLA care component or Attendance Allowance, or the daily living component of PIP at the standard or enhanced rate, the following rules will apply.
- You must not have any other able-bodied adults living with you.
- No one can be receiving Carers Allowance to pay for their care of you.
- If you are a couple, both of you need to be receiving the middle rate of DLA or Attendance Allowance, or the daily living component of PIP at the standard or enhanced rate.
Please note: If you are of working age and on Universal Credit, then any DLA, PIP or Attendance Allowance you receive will not be counted as part of your household income when calculating your entitlement to Council Tax Support.
Before you apply
If you are eligible for Council Tax Support, we will need to see evidence of your eligibility in order to process your claim. Please download our evidence leaflet for a list of documents you will need to provide with your claim.
If you are unsure of whether you qualify for Council Tax Support, you can use the benefits calculator on GOV.UK to show you what benefits you are entitled to.
How to apply
If you claim or intend to claim Universal Credit
When you apply for Universal Credit you are also given an option to apply for Council Tax Support. If you require financial help with your Council Tax bill, please select that option when claiming Universal Credit. In the meantime, please use our online form to tell us that you have claimed Universal Credit, or that you intend to apply.
If you don't claim Universal Credit
If you have not claimed Universal Credit, download and complete our form (below), and email with supporting evidence to firstname.lastname@example.org. Or send a printed copy to Benefits, Lewis House, Manvers Street, Bath BA1 1JG.
- Download Council Tax Support/Housing Benefit application form (PDF)
- Download Council Tax Support/Housing Benefit application form (Word)
Please note, applications must be made online, by email, or by post, but you can call us for advice and support on 01225 47 77 77 and select the option for 'Benefits' (available Monday to Thursday 10am to 5pm, and Friday 10am to 4.30pm).
We will review your claim within 10 working days.
If you are of pension age and are eligible for Council Tax Support, we will automatically backdate your claim for up to three months, or the date you attained pensionable age (whichever is the most recent).
Any change in circumstances may affect your payments. Please tell us about a change as soon as possible.
Find out more about benefits by following the links in the panel on the right.