Council tax support

Council Tax Support: You can apply for a reduction of the Council Tax that you pay on the home you occupy as your 'normal address' by contacting the Council's Benefit Section and completing either a paper form or an on-line electronic claim form.

Council Tax Support (or CTS) is a means tested, income related entitlement with your award 'being credited' to the relevant council tax bill to reduce the payments of council tax expected from you. The amount of CTS you are entitled to will appear printed on the bill you receive.

Derbyshire Dales District Council has adopted a local Council Tax Support (Reduction Scheme) for 2022/23 mirroring many of the financial aspects of the Government'd national Housing Benefit scheme, with some additional local provisions detailed below:

  1. Awards of Council Tax Support under the scheme for all working-age claimants will be capped at 91.5% of the amount that you are charged in-year. This means that all working age claimants have at least 8.5% of their Council Tax liability to pay with the year's bill listing the instalments required.
  2. Income from War Pensions* for all claimants will be disregarded in full in calculating a person's entitlement to Council Tax Support.
  3. Provision is made for a Discretionary Hardship Relief (see below) whereby additional Council Tax Support can be awarded wher the householder is struggling to budget for their bill. 
  4. The fund for this purpose is set at £18,000 for 2022/23..

*Including War Widow's Pension, War Widower's Pension, War Disablement Pension and Armed Forces Compensation Payments.

Download the full text of our Council Tax Reduction Scheme, often referred to as Council Tax Support.

Council Tax Support - Discretionary Help

Although we disregard various income types in calculating 'main Council Tax Support, we do appreciate that sometimes some customers may find it difficult to keep up with their payments in budgeting for a range of other bills and outgoings.  

Hardship Relief will be available to provide additional assistance e.g. to those residents most adversely affected by the changes, and will act to reduce the installmanet payments that you are asked to make. 

Full details of the Hardship Relief provisions are contained within the Council's regulations (see above links for relevant details).