Council Tax Reduction – make sure you claim yours

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Fifers are being reminded to check to see if they’re entitled to a discount on their Council Tax, especially if they receive Universal Credit.

At what is the most expensive time of the year for most people, every penny counts.

Council tax reduction is a means tested entitlement based on household income, circumstances, savings and investments. Many people think because they’ve applied for Universal Credit they’ll automatically receive a reduction on their Council Tax but this isn’t the case – you must apply for it separately to the Council. In certain circumstances the reduction can be backdated up to three months.

Councillor David Alexander, Co-Leader of Fife Council, said: “You may also be entitled to a reduction if you live on your own or if someone in the household is substantially and permanently disabled, severely mentally impaired, including people with dementia and their carers - or a student.

“For more information and to apply for a reduction visit www.fife.gov.uk/counciltax

Councillor David Ross, Co-Leader of Fife Council, added “And don’t forget, if you’re struggling to keep up to date with your council tax bill please get in touch as soon as possible. We can discuss reductions and discounts that you may be eligible for, set up payment plans for anyone who’s fallen into arrears, and signpost you to a range of external money advice services.”