Council Tax Reduction Scheme 2019/20

Council Tax Benefit ended on 31 March 2013 and was replaced by Wealden District Council’s Local Council Tax Reduction Scheme (CTR).

Council Tax Reduction for pensioners and for working-age people is not a state benefit. It is a decided locally by the Council and the Council can change the scheme each year, but not during the year. The scheme for pensioners is prescribed in law and the Council cannot change the scheme for pensioners.

If the CTR applies to you, the amount you receive will be shown on your council tax bill that we send in mid-March.

It might be helpful to know you can now pay your Council Tax over 12 monthly instalments instead of 10. If you would like to do this, you must write to us or email us. Unfortunately, we won’t be able to accept your request for this if you phone us – you must write or email. Please contact us using the contact details at the bottom of the page. 

Introduction to the Council Tax Reduction Scheme

The following document details how the scheme will operate for both pension credit age and working age applicants and in accordance with Section 13A of the Local Government Finance Act 1992 specifies the classes of person who are to be entitled to a reduction under the scheme and is effective from 1 April 2018 for a period of one financial year.

Exceptional Hardship Policy

If you are in receipt of Council Tax Reduction and are experiencing short term extreme financial hardship, you may be able to apply for an Exceptional Hardship Payment.