Fewer people are claiming reduced council tax in Mansfield and Ashfield this year, compared with 2017.
Between April and June last year, 9,819 people in Mansfield were receiving some form of council tax relief, according to Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) figures.
However, over the same period in 2018, that number had dropped to 9,604 – a two per cent decrease.
In Ashfield, 11,623 people were receiving a form of council tax relief between April and June last year, but over the same period in 2018, that number had decreased by three per cent to 11,251.
Across England there were three per cent fewer claimants overall.
People can be eligible to pay reduced council tax if they are on a low income, claim benefits or a pensioner.
The amount can vary from a five per cent discount, to only paying five per cent of the total bill.
The Government sets the rate at which pensioners pay council tax, however individual local authorities decide on working claimants.
In Mansfield the number of pensioners claiming council tax relief dropped by 173 last year, while in Ashfield it was 140.
The number of working age claimants reduced by 42 in Mansfield and 232 in Ashfield.
In 2013, the Government stopped fully funding council tax relief.
The Local Government Association believes this could have affected people on low incomes, and is urging the MHCLG to take back control of the reduction programmes.
A spokesman said: “Council tax support schemes are no longer fully-funded by central Government, with £1.7 billion – nearly half of the original funding – removed between 2013 and 2020.
“As a result, more than 573,000 households no longer received council tax support in October 2017 in comparison to October 2013.
“No one wants to ask those on the lowest incomes to pay more but many councils have been put in an impossible position.
“Faced with significant cuts to the money they have to look after the elderly and disabled, protect children, repair the roads and collect the bins, many councils have had little choice but to reduce the discount.”