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Most people who rent or own their home have to pay council tax. You may be able to pay less council tax if you live alone, are a pensioner, or are on a low income.
Changes to the council tax system made in April 2013 mean that councils can decide who gets help with their council tax, and how much they’ll get.
Find out how your council tax is worked out, who is responsible for paying it, and how you can pay your council tax bill.
People on low incomes or welfare benefits can apply for a council tax reduction. Find out how to apply, and how much your bill could be cut by.
Single people get 25% off their council tax bill. Other discounts may be available if someone you live with has a low income. See what you’re entitled to.
What happens if you fall behind with your council tax payments, and when the council can call in bailiffs to recover any money you owe.
You can appeal if you think your council tax band is wrong, or the council hasn't given you a council tax discount or exemption.