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Council tax reductions

Who can apply for a council tax reduction, apply online, Second Adult Rebate, review your council tax reduction, if you get too much council tax reduction.

Council Tax Reduction is awarded to people on a low income, to help with the cost of Council Tax. To qualify, it doesn't matter whether you own or rent your home, but the address you are claiming reduction for must be the main one you live at. 

There are two types of council tax reductions

  1. Main Council Tax Reduction - based on the circumstances of the person or people in the property who are liable for the Council Tax bill.
  2. Second Adult Rebate - based on the circumstances of the person in the property who have low incomes but are not liable for the Council Tax.

From 1 April 2017 the Scottish Government changed the basis on which properties are assessed for Council Tax and this will increase the charge for Council Tax properties that are banded E to H. Renfrewshire Council has no discretion in this matter and must apply these increases to the Council Tax charges from 1 April 2017.  Households living in properties in bands A to D are not affected by these increases.

For those living in properties banded E to H, support for the increase was included in a Council Tax Reduction scheme. Households with income that does not exceed £321 per week for single households, or £479 per week for couples, lone parents and families, are eligible to apply for a full exemption from the increased charge through the Council Tax Reduction scheme.