Council Tax Discretionary Relief Scheme

Council Tax Discretionary Relief (CTDR) is intended for customers who are suffering from hardship due to exceptional circumstances who require help to meet their Council Tax liability.

It is only used for short term assistance and is made at the council's discretion in cases where it considers that extra help with council tax liability is needed.   

In order to be eligible for Council Tax discretionary relief, you must:

  • be the person responsible for paying the Council Tax
  • demonstrate that you need financial help in order to pay your Council Tax and are actively taking steps to address your financial hardship
  • CTDR cannot be used to help with housing costs

Before applying you should check if you are entitled to a Council Tax discount, exemption or Council Tax Support

The application enables you to apply for Discretionary Housing Payment (if you are claiming housing benefit or Universal Credit with Housing Costs towards rental liability and need further help with your rent) as well as Council Tax Discretionary Relief.

Please complete the form, give your contact details and provide all the evidence that has been requested in support of your application. Without the information there may be a delay in our decision because we may have to write to you.

You can get advice on claiming a Discretionary Council Tax Hardship Payment or general debt advice by contacting your local Citizens Advice Bureau