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Discretionary Council Tax Support

This page provides an overview of the Council's Discretionary Council Tax Support (DCTS) Scheme which was introduced from 1st April 2013. There are links to other useful information and the page explains how you can apply for DCTS.

Discretionary Council Tax Support (DCTS)

We have designed a Discretionary Council Tax Support (DCTS) scheme to provide additional help and support to people experiencing hardship in paying their Council Tax. You do not have to be receiving Council Tax Support to apply for DCTS.

Applications will be accepted on the basis that the applicant or household would suffer severe financial hardship if financial assistance were not given. To qualify for DCTS you will need to be able to provide information and evidence about your circumstances and the Council will need to be satisfied that you have exhausted other sources of income or options that are available to you.

Applying for help

You will need to complete the application form below and there are notes to help you complete the form. You can also ask for a form from the Benefit Team.

Discretionary Payment Claim Form (PDF Document, 145.83 Kb)

Discretionary Payment Claim Form Notes (PDF Document, 95.16 Kb)

Additional information

We will ask you the reason why you are making your application and we will ask you to provide details and evidence about your household income and expenditure. The more information you provide the easier it will be for us to make a decision.

Making a decision

To get DCTS we must be satisfied you or your household would suffer severe financial hardship if financial assistance were not given. Some of the things we will look at are:

  • The reason you are applying for DCTS
  • Your income and whether you have applied for any appropriate discount or exemption
  • Whether you have access to any other financial assets that could be realised to pay the Council Tax
  • Whether you have taken all reasonable steps to resolve the situation prior to application

We will write to you to let you know if your application has been successful and send you a revised Council Tax bill. If you are not awarded DCTS or if you disagree with the amount of help you have been awarded, you have the right to appeal. Details of how you can appeal will be contained in your decision notice.

The scheme

Full details of this scheme can be found attached to the minutes of the meeting on 22 January 2013.

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