Money and benefits

Tax credits and reduced Council Tax

If you're responsible for at least 1 child or young person who normally lives with you, you may qualify for Child Tax Credit (CTC). This is a means-tested benefit and total annual income and savings are taken into account.

If one parent works 16 hours per week or more but earns low wages you may get Working Tax Credit (WTC).

Savings are not taken into account.

Please let the officer know that you have a disabled child, and what rate of DLA your child receives, as you may be entitled to more Tax Credits.

If your circumstances change you should notify them immediately.


Tax Credit Helpline (link opens in new window): 0845 300 3900

Reduced Council Tax

You may be entitled to a reduced Council Tax bill if any of the following apply to your home:

  • you have an extra bathroom or kitchen to meet the needs of the disabled person
  • you have a room specifically used or adapted for the disabled person
  • the disabled person uses a wheelchair inside the home

You will go down one band, even if you are in Band A. This can sometimes be difficult to demonstrate. Do appeal if necessary.


Tel: 0300 300 8306 and state which area you live in, or visit the 'Disabled person's band reduction (link opens in new window)' page.

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