Council Tax Reduction Scheme 2021-22

The Council Tax Reduction (CTR) scheme provides help for Oxford residents on benefits or low incomes to pay their council tax. This help is provided as a reduction in the amount of council tax to pay. The reduction can be up to 100% of the council tax bill.

Since the end of national council tax benefit (CTB) in April 2013, councils have been responsible for drawing up their own schemes of support. Oxford is one of a small number of councils who have not reduced the overall level of financial support that was available before 2013, even though government funding for council tax support has reduced annually, and ended completely in 2019. Because of government cuts to funding and an increase in caseload due to the Covid-19 pandemic, our CTR scheme will cost us more than £1.7 million this year.

In Oxford, 8.563 people currently get help to pay their council tax. The amount of help they get depends on their income and their household, with people on some benefits not having to pay anything. These benefits include income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA), Income Support (IS), Guarantee Credit and income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA). People in equivalent circumstances on Universal Credit (UC) will also get 100% CTR support.

We made two changes to the CTR scheme in 2020/21. We are now proposing some additional amendments to the scheme for 2021/22, and this means we have to ask you for your views on the changes we want to make.

Your CTR will not be affected by our proposals below if you are pension age. Pensioners are still covered by a national scheme of support.

We are consulting you on the following changes we would like to make to our working age CTR scheme.


  • Opened
    21 Sep 2020 at 17:00
  • Closed
    13 Nov 2020 at 23:59
  • Response Published
    31 Dec 2020


Area Covered
  • Barton And Sandhills
  • Blackbird Leys
  • Carfax
  • Churchill
  • Cowley
  • Cowley Marsh
  • Headington
  • Headington Hill And Northway
  • Hinksey Park
  • Holywell
  • Iffley Fields
  • Jericho And Osney
  • Littlemore
  • Lye Valley
  • Marston
  • North
  • Northfield Brook
  • Quarry And Risinghurst
  • Rose Hill And Iffley
  • St Clement's
  • St Margaret's
  • St Mary's
  • Summertown
  • Wolvercote
Who we are consulting
  • General Public
Methods Used
  • Online Consultations
Contact Details

Laura Bessell

Benefit Manager

01865 252649