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Council Tax reduction

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2. Working Age Council Tax Reduction

Since 1 April 2020, we have used a banded Council Tax Reduction Scheme for Working aged people (WACTR). This scheme is designed to be more straightforward and easier to use.

The current discounts available are shown in the table below.

The codes A to F, shown in the table reflect the code that will be displayed on your Council Tax bill when your entitlement is assessed. The maximum support available is up to 100%.

It is your responsibility to inform us immediately of any changes in your circumstances which may affect your entitlement to Working Age Council Tax Reduction.

If you are receiving Universal Credit, we will no longer be using the data the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) sends us when you have a change to your Universal Credit award, so you must inform us of any changes that would affect your WACTR income and the discount you receive.

Changes include:

  • Changes to your income (earnings or any income increasing or decreasing; this includes the amount of any benefit (for example tax credits or Universal Credit elements like the limited capacity for work or carers element) you are awarded.
  • Your entitlement to that income or benefit ends or begins.
  • Household changes; someone moves in or out of the property, children turning 18 etc.

You must notify us of these changes by completing the on-line WACTR application form and selecting ‘I’m informing you of a change of circumstances’ from the drop down menu.

Failure to notify us may result your WACTR award ending and you becoming liable for additional council tax charges.

From 1 April 2024 Income Band Rates Household Category

 

Weekly Net Income Band

Single no dependant children/
young persons

Couple no dependant children/
young persons

Single one dependant child/
young persons

Couple one dependant child/
young persons

Single two or more dependant children/
young persons

Couple two or more dependant children/
young persons

Band 1:

£0.00 - £92.00

A1

100%

B1

100%

C1

100%

D1

100%

E1

100%

F1

100%

Band 2:

£92.01 - £178.00

A2

75%

B2

75%

C2

100%

D2

100%

E2

100%

F2

100%

Band 3: £178.01 - £265.00

A3

50%

B3

50%

C3

75%

D3

75%

E3

100%

F3

100%

Band 4: £265.01 - £354.00

A4

25%

B4

25%

C4

50%

D4

50%

E4

75%

F4

75%

Band 5: £354.01 - £441.00

A5

0%

B5

0%

C5

25%

D5

25%

E5

50%

F5

50%

Band 6: £441.01 - £530.00

A6

0%

B6

0%

C6

0%

D6

0%

E6

25%

F6

25%

When calculating your income we do not include -

  • Child Benefit
  • Personal Independence Payments
  • Disability Living Allowance
  • Carers Allowance
  • Support Component of Employment Support Allowance
  • Child maintenance
  • War disablement/widows pension

If you are working we do not include the first £25 per week of your net household earnings, we also make an allowance for childcare costs.

  • Maximum support available remains at 100%
  • Capital limit remains at £6,000
  • Minimum income floor applies for self-employed claimants

If you or your partner are self-employed, please note the income we use to calculate your entitlement might be different from your accounting figures. This is because our Council Tax Reduction schemes includes a Minimum Income Floor (MIF).