If you pay council tax for your home and live on a low income, you may be able to get some help. The amount you could receive depends on who lives with you, the amount of money you have coming in and any savings you have.
If your capital exceeds £16,000 you can not apply for council tax support.
Click here for a quick online estimate of any entitlement to council tax support and other welfare benefits.
To make a claim for council tax support you can:
When dealing with changes in circumstance of a person in receipt of council tax support, the existing capability within the council tax system for dealing with over and under payments will apply.
If you are working age and require additional help with your council tax on top of the council tax support you currently receive, you may be entitled to Council Tax Hardship Payments (CTHPs).
From 1st April 2013, the government abolished national council tax benefit. Instead each council introduced a local council tax support scheme. The ending of council tax benefit was part of the government's Welfare Reforms which aim to encourage people into work, reduce dependency on benefits and encourage financial independence, whilst protecting pensioners and other vulnerable groups.
Non-dependant means any person over 18 who normally lives with you on a non commercial basis such as an adult son, daughter, relative or friend.