Housing Benefits and Council Tax Support

Benefits and support can be claimed if you or other people living in your home are on low incomes.

This includes people who are employed or self-employed. The amount of help you will get will depend on your income, savings and your personal circumstances.

Council Tax Support

You can claim Council Tax Support if you are liable to pay the council tax bill for the property where you live.

Council Tax Support is a means tested benefit that helps people on low incomes pay their council tax. 

How much could I receive?

If you claim Council Tax Support (unless you are protected) you will only be eligible for help with paying up to a maximum of 80% of your weekly council tax charge. This means you will be required to pay a contribution towards your weekly council tax of at least 20% and are likely to see the amount of Council Tax Support you get go down.

  • if we consider you to be disabled you will be eligible for help with paying up to 100% of your weekly council tax charge
  • if you are in receipt of a carer's allowance you will be eligible for help with paying up to 100% of your weekly council tax charge
  • if you are in receipt of a war disability or a war widow's pension, you will be eligible for help with paying up to 100% of your weekly council tax charge

pdf icon Council Tax Support Rules 2016-17 [1Mb]

Housing Benefit

You can claim Housing Benefit if you pay rent to a housing association, private landlord or your local council.

Second Adult Rebate

You can claim Second Adult Rebate if you are the only person in your home who is liable to pay council tax, but there is at least one other person aged 18 or over, who is not your partner, and is not a joint tenant. The Second Adult Rebate calculation is based on their income, not yours.

How can I claim support?

The easiest way to claim Housing Benefit, Council Tax Support or Second Adult Rebate is to book a telephone appointment with one of our team.

Telephone: 01476 40 60 80
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