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Council tax reduction scheme

From 1 April 2013, the national scheme for council tax benefit was abolished and each local council was required to have its own reduction scheme to help people on low incomes with payment of their council tax.

Under the current Medway council tax reduction scheme, the following principles apply:

  • Claimants of pensionable age, or those in receipt of a war widow or war disablement pension, can claim, and may be entitled to a maximum reduction of 100 per cent of their council tax liability
  • Claimants of working age can claim and may be entitled to a maximum of 65 per cent of their council tax liability from the 1 April 2016. (This was determined by full council on 21 January 2016, following a public consultation).

Who can claim

To qualify for council tax reduction you must:

  • have less than £16,000 in savings and capital unless in receipt of Pension credit (guaranteed credit)
  • be at least 18 years old
  • have a low enough income
  • be treated as liable for council tax for the property you live in
  • not be a full-time student or treated as a person from abroad.

To calculate council tax reduction, we will ask for proof of identity, income, savings, household and circumstances.

Apply for a council tax reduction


Changes to Council Tax Reduction