Apply for Council Tax Reduction (CTR) and/or Housing Benefit (HB)
You may be able to get Council Tax Reduction if you are liable for Council Tax. If you also rent your home, you may also get Housing Benefit.
From 28 June 2017, if you live in the following postcode areas, you should claim Universal Credit instead of Housing Benefit to cover the cost of your rent:
|FK14 - 7||FK15 - 0||FK15 - 9||FK19 - 8||FK21 - 8|
If you make a claim for Universal Credit and you are liable for rent or mortgage costs it is important that you apply for Council Tax Reduction. Universal Credit does not meet the costs associated with Council Tax.
Find out if you are eligible
Please complete our online Housing Benefit/Council Tax Reduction Calculator.
You may also wish to check out if there are any additional ways in which your Council Tax bill can be further reduced through the many Council Tax discounts and exemptions that exist.
How to apply for Council Tax Reduction/Housing Benefit
If you have already used the online Benefits Calculator, please use your saved reference number.
Alternatively, you can request an application form by phoning 01738 476049 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Bands E to H
From 1 April 2017, the Council Tax Reduction scheme has been expanded to potentially provide further assistance to those in bands E to H. If you are in a band E to H property and;
- You have less than £16,000 in savings/capital and;
- You have less than £321 per week (net) income (if you are a single person with no dependants) or;
- You have less than £479 per week (net) household income (for couples or single person with dependants),
You may qualify for assistance towards your increase in Council Tax for your band E to H property.
If you already receive Council Tax Reduction, you do not need to reapply.
Already in receipt of Housing Benefit?
To apply for a Council Tax Reduction if you are already in receipt of Housing Benefit, please complete a Council Tax Reduction declaration form [215Kb] form. You will also need to complete this form if you have made an application for Council Tax Reduction through the Department for Work and Pensions when making a claim for any of the following benefits:
- Employment and Support Allowance (income-related)
- Income Support
- Jobseeker's Allowance
- Pension Credit
- Universal Credit
If you are havng difficulties making an application for either Council Tax Reduction and/or Housing Benefit, please phone us on 01738 476049 to make an application.
Making a decision
Once your application is received, we will carry out a full assessment of your circumstances and may contact you for more information. Once we have received all the information required, we aim to make a decision on your entitlement within 14 days.
Universal Credit will be introduced gradually and will initially only be paid to single people making a new claim for benefit on the grounds that they are seeking work and who satisfy other eligibility criteria.
It is currently not available to other groups of people so if you are already getting benefits, you will continue to receive them and you will not need to claim Universal Credit meantime.