Residents urged to check if they are entitled to council tax discount

Some vulnerable and low-income households in Wrexham could be missing out on valuable support to help pay their council tax bills, the local Assembly Member has warned.

Lesley Griffiths AM has praised the impact of the Council Tax Reduction Scheme but is concerned by the latest figures that suggest uptake is gradually decreasing.

The Welsh Labour Government programme has been protecting disadvantaged households in Wales for 5 years.

Last year the scheme supported nearly 280,000 households, which equates to 1 in 5 homes in Wales.  Approximately 220,000 of these paid no council tax at all.

People may be entitled to pay less council tax if they live in a low-income household, live alone, are a student or are disabled.

With more and more households struggling to cope due to the UK Government’s controversial welfare reforms, Lesley Griffiths AM is encouraging local residents to act and check if they are entitled to support.

She said: “The Welsh Government believes there are many households across the country that are simply unaware they could be eligible for certain discounts and exemptions when it comes to paying their council tax bills.”

“I hope Wrexham residents will check the website to see whether they could save money and pay less council tax.”

The full list of criteria and more information can be found on the Welsh Government’s website