We can sometimes give a short-term Council Tax reduction to people who find themselves unexpectedly in difficult circumstances. This type of reduction can apply to both occupied and unoccupied properties. It is called a Section 13A reduction because it comes under Section 13A of the Local Government Finance Act.
We can only give Section 13A reductions in exceptional situations. The money to cover the reductions comes out of the council’s own funds, so the decision to grant a reduction and how much is at our discretion.
Exceptional situations might include where the Council Tax payer faces sudden financial problems they could not have expected.
The full policy, including the eligibility criteria, is available to download on this webpage.
If you wish to apply for this reduction, please complete the application form and submit it to the council.