Claim Council Tax Reduction

This page provides help and advice when making an application for Council Tax Reduction and the Low Income Household Exemption

Council Tax Reduction (CTR) can help reduce your council tax bill if you are unemployed or on a low income.

Furthermore, Council Tax Reduction will make sure you are exempt if you qualify through the Low Income Household Exemption scheme, from the Scottish Government’s change to the council tax multipliers for properties in Bands E to H.  An indication of how much your bill could be reduced by can be found within the Documents section of this page, see document “Low Income Household Exemption”.

Before you apply for CTR, you should make sure you are the person responsible (liable) for paying council tax on the property.  You will only be entitled to apply for CTR for a property if you actually live there.  It must be your only or main residence.  You may be responsible for the council tax even if your name is not on the bill.  In some cases, you may be jointly responsible for the council tax with someone else.

To apply for CTR you should complete the application form relevant to your circumstances.  The forms are explained below:

You can apply for Council Tax Reduction and the Low Income Household Exemption by using the Council Tax Reduction Application Form.

If you are Pension Age and living in rented accommodation you can apply for Council Tax Reduction and Housing Benefit by using the form Local Housing Allowance, Housing Benefit & Council Tax Reduction Application Form.

If you are working age and claiming Universal Credit (UC), use the form Council Tax Reduction Application Form for Universal Credit Claimants.  UC does not include help with Council Tax so it is important to apply directly to Inverclyde Council.

These forms can be found within the “Documents” section of this page.

It is important that you return your application form to Inverclyde Council as soon as you can to make sure you do not miss out on any assistance you may be entitled to.

Page last updated: 10 March 2017