Council tax reduction scheme

Do you need help paying your council tax bill - are you eligible for the council tax reduction scheme?

Council Tax Reductions

Every local council that issues Council Tax bills has a Council Tax Reduction scheme that helps low income and vulnerable claimants pay that Council Tax Bill. This is a summary of the Working Age Scheme adopted by Buckinghamshire Council for the year 2020/21.

We consider each application for a council tax reduction in accordance with our own local scheme. We also consider individual cases of hardship on their own merits. 

Working age scheme 2020/21

This applies to working age taxpayers only. 

For tax payers who qualify for the Pension Age Scheme, we follow the national Council Tax Reduction scheme but are more generous in respect of our treatment of war pensions and armed services pensions, which we disregard in full. This helps meet this council's commitment to the Armed Forces Covenant. 

  • You must have no more than £16,000 in capital (savings). 
  • We will follow the needs allowances set for the pension age scheme and Housing Benefit. 
  • The maximum reduction will be calculated based on your full Council Tax after all other discounts have been awarded. No deduction will be made if you are vulnerable as defined below. 

 

For taxpayers who do not meet the qualifying conditions to be treated as vulnerable your Council Tax reduction will be calculated in the same way as vulnerable claimants but a 20% cut will be applied to the amount you have been awarded. 

For the purposes of our Council Tax reduction scheme, we define vulnerable taxpayers as households where a claimant, their partner or child is entitled to:

  • Attendance Allowance
  • Carers Allowance
  • Disability Living Allowance or Personal Independence payment
  • Employment Support Allowance Support Component 
  • Long Term Incapacity Benefit 
  • Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit 
  • Severe Disablement Allowance
  • Severe Disablement Allowance
  • the disability element in Working Tax Credit or a disability element within universal credit. 
  • they are a lone parent with a child under 5 

 

Other members of your household

We expect every non-dependent to contribute something towards the Council Tax bill, so a £5 per week flat rate deduction will be applied for all non-dependants. A non-dependant is someone who normally lives with the claimant on a non-commercial basis such as an adult son, daughter, relative or friend. Residents who are boarders, sub-tenants and joint tenants are not non-dependents. For non-dependant couples one deduction shall be applied. 

We consider each case according to our Council Tax Reduction scheme. We also consider individual cases of hardship on their own merits.

Pensioners (taxpayers who meet the qualifying conditions for Pension Credit) will have their support calculated in accordance with a scheme designed nationally.

How do I apply for the scheme?

Apply using the form below.

You must continue to pay your Council Tax as normal whilst your application is being considered.

Can I appeal against your decision?

You can ask us to review our decision and, in some circumstances, you may be able to appeal to the Valuation Tribunal. You must continue to pay your Council Tax as normal while waiting for a decision. 

More information

Buckinghamshire Council - Council Tax Reduction Policy 2020/21 ‚Äč

The Council Tax Reduction Schemes (Amendment) (England) Regulations 2018 (for changes to the nationally prescribed Council Tax Reduction scheme for pension age)