Council Tax Support
Find out more about the new Council Tax
Reduction Scheme and how this could affect you.
Council Tax Support Discounts
The national Council Tax Benefit scheme for working age
people was abolished from April 2013. The Council has
put in place a Local Council Tax Reduction Scheme to help
households on a low income with the cost of Council
The is a national Council Tax Reduction Scheme for people
of pensionable age which continue to provide the same help with the
bill that was given under the Council Tax Benefit scheme.
Who can get Council Tax Support?
Council Tax Support can only be awarded where the Council
Taxpayer make an application and qualifies for a discount.
Anyone who has to pay Council Tax can apply for Council Tax
Support. The amount of help you can get depends on your
income, capital and family makeup.
To find out more
How much Council Tax will I have to pay?
Bedford Borough Council's local scheme continues to give up to
100% support with the cost of Council Tax to those households on
the lowest income. When you apply for Council Tax Support the
Council will work out how much help you are entitled to and send
you a new bill if you qualify for help. Once you receive
Council Tax Support you will be sent a bill each year in March
which will tell you how much Council Tax you have to pay.
If you move during the year you will receive a new bill shortly
after you have advised us of your change of address.
What Happens if my Circumstances Change?
You must tell the Council straight away if your circumstances
change. For example if you move, someone leaves or joins your
household or your income or savings change. If you don't tell
the Council about a change and continue to receive a discount you
are not entitled to you could be asked to pay a penalty or, for
serious offences, be taken to court and charged with fraud.
How to pay
The easiest way to pay you Council Tax is to set
up a direct debit. For details visit our
How to pay your Council Tax bill page
If you think the support you are getting is wrong
If you think the calculation is wrong, you can ask us to check
it again. If you still disagree after we have checked it, you can
appeal to the Valuation Tribunal who will consider your appeal.
You cannot appeal to the Valuation Tribunal on the grounds that
you disagree with our scheme.
If you are struggling to pay your Council Tax
If you are worried about not being able to pay, please
contact us as soon as possible.