Council tax reduction scheme

Local authorities are required to design and run their own schemes for working age people.

This scheme does not apply to people who have reached state pension credit age. 

Following consultation with residents and stakeholders and approval by full council, a revised scheme for working aged applicants will apply from 1 April 2020.

The way we calculate entitlement to council tax reduction has changed and the calculation is now based on an income banded system.

How much income you and your partner have is compared to a range of income bands and a percentage reduction is applied to your liability to decide your reduction. Most households can get up to a maximum of 75% of their annual council tax charge.

Claimants who fall into one of the following will continue to receive up to a maximum of 100% of their council tax bill.

Protected groups

  • Lone parents with a child under 5 years of age
  • Those in receipt of a disability benefit, Carer’s Allowance, Employment and Support Allowance, Personal Independence Payment, Attendance Allowance or Disability Living Allowance
  • Those in receipt of Universal Credit which includes one of the following elements: limited capability for work, limited capability for work related activity, disabled child or carer element
  • Care leavers under the age of 25
  • Those in receipt of an Armed Forces Independence Payment
  • Carers in receipt of Carer’s Allowance or have an underlying entitlement to it.

View and download the council tax reduction scheme (Ealing Council) 2020 regulations.

Council tax reduction for pension age applicants is a national rather than a local scheme, the rules of which are set by Parliament. 

Council tax support scheme for 2019/20

Details of the council tax support scheme in use up to 31 March 2020 are below.