Changes to Council Tax Benefit

Council Tax Reduction

Council Tax reduction replaced Council Tax Benefit in April 2013 as recommended by the Welfare Reform Act 2012.

As a result of this change Council Tax Reduction is allocated and managed by your local authority as opposed to being distributed by central government as was done previously.

If you are on a low income or claim benefits you could be eligible for a reduction of up to 100% but this is based on a number of factors including your household income and whether or not you have children living with you.

You can apply for the reduction if you own your home, rent, are unemployed or working.

In Watford the transition has been completed and Council Tax Reduction has been introduced. To found out more information and how to apply please consult Watford Borough Council.

Alternatively, phone Revenues and Benefits on 01923 226400, or email for further information.


  1. The Bedroom Tax – changes to the way housing benefit will be paid
  2. Benefit Cap – there will be a limit on how much you can receive each week
  3. Universal Credit – which is replacing some existing benefits
  4. Direct Payments
  5. Changes to Council Tax Benefits