Help with paying

Council Tax Reduction helps people on benefits or a low income to pay their Council Tax.

The amount of the reduction depends on many factors including the make-up of your household and the income of household members.

The rules for Council Tax Reduction are made partly by central government and partly by local councils.  Central government made a basic scheme, known as the default scheme, and makes changes each year which all councils must follow. Camden applies the default scheme but we award the maximum Council Tax Reduction and we have a higher earnings disregard.

Further information is available in the Council Tax Reduction Scheme document (PDF)

Maximum Council Tax Reduction

From 1 April 2017 the maximum Council Tax Reduction in Camden is equal to 100% of the applicant's Council Tax liability (reducing the charge to nil). 

From 1 April 2013 to 31 March 2017 the maximum reduction was 91.5% for working-age applicants and 100% for pension-age applicants. 

Universal Credit

If you receive Universal Credit you will still need to make a separate claim for a Council Tax Reduction 

Apply for a Council Tax Reduction

If you would like to apply for Council Tax Reduction or Housing Benefit (help with rent):

Log on to your Camden Account and click on "Housing Benefits"

Apply for a council tax reduction online

Council Tax Reduction Scheme consultation


We are proposing changes to the Council Tax Reduction Scheme for working-age households from 2020.

Find out more and take part in the consultation