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Home > Council Tax > Exemptions, discounts and reductions > Council Tax Reduction (low income)

Council Tax Reduction (low income)

Council Tax Reduction helps towards paying Council Tax. It is now a local reduction scheme decided by local councils and is not a benefit payment. 

Any Council Tax Reduction you are awarded will be shown on your Council Tax bill and will reduce the amount you have to pay.

You could receive help if you are on a low income, even if you are working. However if you have more than £16,000 in savings or investments you will not usually qualify. The reduction awarded will depend on the amount you are liable to pay; the needs of your family; your income; your savings and anyone else living with you.

Please note that all people of working age have to pay at least some of their bill themselves. In Babergh this is at least 8.5% of the Council Tax bill, and in Mid Suffolk at least 5% of the Council Tax bill. From 1st April 2018 this will be 5% for both Councils.

If you do not have a reduction showing on your bill and you think you may qualify, you will need to submit an application. Please see our Make a claim page.

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