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Should I be paying council tax while on ESA and PIP?

julietinblack Member Posts: 2 Listener
Hi everyone,

Nice to meet you.

I was just wondering should i be paying counsel tax on ESA and high rate mobility middle rate pip..!?!

I have lived in Blackpool for 4 years and have paid a reduction but  people keep telling me i shouldn't be paying anything, i didn't when living in other parts of the country.

Thanks for reading.



  • thespiceman
    thespiceman Member Posts: 6,390 Disability Gamechanger

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  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Member Posts: 24,731 Disability Gamechanger

    Local councils have their own rules for council tax reduction. If you're the only adult living in your house then you'll receive a 25% discount. It's not unusual to have to pay a small contribution towards your council tax because most people do. I receive ESA and PIP and i have to pay £11 per month. Those days where you used to receive 100% reduction when claiming a means tested benefit mostly don't exist anymore.
  • julietinblack
    julietinblack Member Posts: 2 Listener
    Thank you Poppy. Juliet
  • Topkitten
    Topkitten Member Posts: 1,285 Pioneering
    It does vary from Council to Council but in addition to the living alone reduction of 25% there are usually some discounts for disability and/or low income. Most benefits are not advertised and staff are usually under orders not to volunteer information or risk losing their jobs but they must answer with a yes or no if you ask about specific benefits (by law).

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