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Council tax discretionary reduction

We have the discretionary power to reduce a liability for council tax where the applicant can demonstrate they are in exceptional grave hardship. The reduction can apply to an individual or a group of people. An application can be made for any domestic property where council tax is chargeable. 

The amount of reduction is decided by us and is intended to be for short term temporary assistance. The cost of reducing the amount of council tax, under these discretionary powers is met by us at the expense of all the city’s council tax payers.

Each application will be treated on its own individual merits and must demonstrate evidence of exceptional grave hardship. The taxpayer must satisfy us that they have taken all reasonable steps to resolve their situation prior to making an application.

All applicants must provide evidence to support their request. These include the following:

  • evidence to support your grave hardship e.g. letter from hospital/doctor/police/fire authority/insurance company
  • evidence of all income received e.g. payslips and Benefit entitlement letters
  • evidence of bank statements, savings, investments or property
  • evidence of any arrears stated in Part 7c
  • evidence of call up papers and end of duty notifications for members of the Volunteer Reserve Forces

The amount outstanding must not be the result of wilful refusal to pay or culpable neglect.

To make a claim download the document below -  

Please return the form to the address below.

Contact Us

Council Tax Section
Hull Revenues and Benefits
Po Box 15

Tel: 01482 300 303
Text phone: 01482 300 349


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