Council Tax Reduction (CTR)
Following government advice, we’ve had to make changes to many of our services. Please see the information on coronavirus page, which is regularly updated as new information and advice is released.
Specific council tax updates can be found on this page.
Council Tax Reduction
Council Tax Reduction is available to support vulnerable members of the community, such as pensioners and people with disabilities.
Remember, if you also need to apply for help with your rent, you must apply for Housing Benefit or Universal Credit. Find out which one you need to apply for
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The Council Tax Reduction scheme changed on the 1 April 2020. The scheme protects a wider vulnerable group of the community and provides the following people with the most support:
- people with disabilities
- low income households with children
- those receiving a War Disablement Pension, War Widow’s or War Widower’s Pension
Working age disabled residents may find they are now asked to pay a contribution to their Council Tax bill where formerly they paid nothing.
Council Tax Reduction is worked out based on:
- your age
- your circumstances (eg number of children, residency status, other adults living with you)
- the money you have coming in - this includes benefits, savings, pensions and all household income
- the amount of council tax you have to pay
Other help available:
- Ask us to spread your monthly council tax instalments over 12 months rather than the standard 10
- Luton Access has a drop-in centre and adviceline to help with benefits and money issues
- Visit the Money Advice Service for help with budgeting and money advice
- Find out more and apply for the exceptional hardship scheme here
- Read our policy on exceptional hardship hereead our policy on exceptional hardship here