Council Tax support

In April 2013, the Government abolished council tax benefit – a scheme that enabled people on benefits to have all, or some, of their council tax paid.

In its place each council introduced its own scheme, funded by a Government grant that was about 90% of the amount previously paid for council tax benefit, based on a forecast of council tax benefit for 2013/14.

During 2016 we consulted on further amendments to the Council Tax Reduction Scheme to bring it in line with Universal Credit and Housing Benefit. 

A new scheme will start from 1 April 2017. Pensioners will be unaffected from any changes but people of working age may receive less help towards their Council Tax than they do at the moment.

Full details of our scheme are set out in the new Council Tax support scheme 2017-18

You could be eligible for help with your Council Tax bill if you are on a low income or claim benefits. The help you could receive will depend on:

  • your circumstances (eg income, number of children, benefits, residency status)
  • your household income - this includes savings, pensions and your partner’s income
  • if your children live with you
  • if other adults live with you

Apply for Council Tax support

Benefits application form

Please check you have provided the evidence required as your application cannot be processed without it. The evidence checklist is on page 23 of the form.

Deciding applications

We aim to decide complete applications within 14 days. If we need further information to support your claim we will write to you. We will notify you once your claim has been assessed.

Backdating a claim

If you haven't been able to apply for benefits immediately we may be able to backdate your application - for more details see:

West Oxfordshire District Council
New Yatt Road
OX28 1PB