Council Tax support

Council Tax support

  • Information about declined payments 

    We are seeing an increase in the number of payments being declined. This is often due to the additional security features the payment card providers are introducing to try to reduce fraudulent payments and protect customers from fraud. Please note, that the council does not have access to any information telling us why your payment was declined. 

    What to do if your payment is declined

    Please contact your card issuer (which may be your bank or credit card provider) and ask them why the payment was declined. They will probably ask you a date and time you tried to make the payment and how much you were trying to pay. If you don’t get a satisfactory answer as to why your payment was declined, asking the following questions may help:

    • Does my card have an upper limit on the amount I can pay for an online transaction?
    • Do you try and contact me if the amount I am trying to pay online is above a certain amount?
    • How are you trying to contact me – do you have my correct contact details?
    • Was the payment declined because I didn’t have enough money in my account? 

    Your card issuer should try and help you so you don’t have future payments declined. 

    Find alternate payment methods


Find out what help is available for paying your Council Tax during the coronavirus outbreak.

Council Tax Support is available for people who are responsible for paying Council Tax and on low incomes.

A maximum of 100% can be awarded for people of pension age and 91.5% for working age residents.

The amount of support you can get depends on the amount of your Council Tax bill, your income and savings, your personal circumstances and who lives with you.

Find out more about Council Tax Support.

If our documents are not accessible to you, you can request a different format here.
Chesterfield Borough Council - Council Tax Support Scheme 2019-20 PDF (PDF 1.12 MB)

Last updated on 03 March 2022