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Information about Council Tax reduction for people receiving Universal Credit

In April 2020, we introduced a new Council Tax reduction scheme for working-age people who receive Universal Credit.

We've introduced this scheme to make it easier for you to get support paying your Council Tax if the hours you work often change. We hope this new scheme will give you more certainty about how much Council Tax you'll need to pay each month.

Council Tax reduction you could get

The table below shows the maximum reduction you could get off your Council Tax bill based on the income you earn over the 'applicable amount'. The applicable amount is how much money the government says you need to live off each month.

The government works this out using estimates called standard allowances. View the government's standard allowances to work out your applicable amount

Income you earn over the applicable amount Council Tax reduction amount
Up to £10 85% off
£10.01 - £25 75% off
£25. 01 - £45 60% off
£45.01 - £65 45% off
£65.01 - £85 25% off
£85.01 - £100 10% off
£100.01 and above No reduction


You can claim Council Tax reduction if you meet all the following criteria: 

  • You pay Council Tax at your main home
  • You don't have savings of over £16,000