Chelmsford City Council

Council Tax Reduction

If your income has been affected by coronavirus and you need help with your rent or paying your Council Tax, we want to provide you with some information to help you at this difficult and uncertain time. You can read all more on our coronavirus updates page. You should also be aware of coronavirus scams.

1. Find out if you can claim and how much you might get

Benefits calculator

You can apply for Council Tax Reduction to help you pay your Council Tax if you’re on a low income or claiming benefits.

How much Council Tax Reduction you might get depends on:

You can use our benefits calculator to find out if you can claim and how much Council Tax Reduction you could get.

How much you could get depends on whether you’re of working age or state pension age.

If you’re of working age:

  • you can’t claim Council Tax Reduction if you have more than £6,000 in savings or capital    
  • the most Council Tax Reduction you can get is 77% of your Council Tax bill. You will still need to pay at least 23% of your Council Tax bill, whatever your income and savings are    

If you have reached the qualifying age for state pension credit:

  • you can’t claim Council Tax Reduction if you have more than £16,000 in savings or capital, unless you receive Guarantee State Pension Credit

  • you may also be eligible for a Second Adult Rebate

You can download and view our policy about Council Tax Reduction for 2020-21.

This document is over 130 pages in length, and over 1 MB in size. You may find it easier to download and view this document on a desktop computer, rather than on a smartphone or tablet. 

You may also be able to claim Housing Benefit if you’re claiming Council Tax Reduction.

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    Last updated: 16 April 2020

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