This page tells you about:
- Council Tax Support
- Changes to the Council Tax Support scheme from April 2015
- Second Adult Rebate
- How to apply.
What is Council Tax Support?
Council Tax Support can reduce the amount of Council Tax you pay or mean that you have nothing to pay.
Who qualifies for Council Tax Support?
Anyone living in the UK who has a low income, and who pays Council Tax can claim Council Tax Support. You can’t claim Council Tax Support if you have capital over £16,000 unless you are over pension age and receive the guarantee element of Pension Credit. Special rules apply for full time students and people from abroad.
The amount of Council Tax Support you may get depends on:
- you and your partner's income
- you and your partner's savings
- the number of children living with you
- other people in your household
- if you or your family have any special circumstances, because of illness or disability.
You can find out how much Council Tax Support you could get by using the 'Calculate your benefits entitlement' in the External links section on this page. You will need details of your income.
Leeds Local Council Tax Support Scheme
Local councils are responsible for deciding the level of Council Tax Support to be provided. Since 2013 the Government has reduced funding for local schemes and the Council has decided it cannot afford to make up the full difference in funding.
This means many working age households get less support now. How Council Tax Support is worked out in Leeds is explained below.
From April there will also be additional support for new Jobseekers. The changes to Council Tax Support for Jobseekers are explained in the Related Pages section and more information is available from the documents section.
Leeds 2015-16 Council Tax Support Scheme can be found in the Documents section.
Second Adult Rebate
If you are pension age and can't get Council Tax Support you may be able to get Second Adult Rebate instead. You might get Second Adult Rebate if you are a single person or a couple where one is disregarded from the Council Tax charge, but there are other adults in your home who have a low income. Second Adult Rebate is based on the income of the ‘second adult’ and not of the applicant.
To claim Council Tax Support
You will need to download the benefits claim form from the Documents section. In the Documents section you will also find a new claim information booklet which tells you about the benefit claim process and the information we need from you. You can also get these from a one stop centre.
You can hand in your completed form at a one stop centre, or if you are a council tenant at your local housing office.
What happens next?
We will write to you to let you know if you have been awarded Council Tax Support. If you do not agree with the decision see the related page Disputes and appeals.