This page tells you about:
- Council Tax Support
- 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.
Changes to our scheme from 1 April 2017
From 1 April 2017 we have changed our scheme so that we now deal with changes in circumstances in the same way that we deal with changes in the national Housing Benefit scheme. It is therefore very important that you report any changes in your circumstances to us within one month of the change. If you delay reporting a change to us you will lose Council Tax Support. You can download our Council tax Support Scheme for 2017-18 (PDF 2MB).
From 1 April 2017 we also have a new Council Tax Support Scheme for anyone who claims Universal Credit. Find out more about our new scheme for Universal Credit claimants by visiting our Universal Credit and Council Tax Support page.
Council Tax Support for Jobseekers
We also continue to offer additional support for Jobseekers. Our Personal Work Support Programme is explained in the Related Pages section and more information is available in our leaflet.
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
It is not possible yet to make your claim online. You will need to download the benefits claim form (PDF 2.87MB). You can also download the new claim information booklet (PDF 599KB) 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.