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.
Find out if you are eligible for Council Tax Reduction / Housing Benefit
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.
Universal Credit claims
If you are applying for help to cover the cost of your rent, you may need to claim Universal Credit (UC).
From 13 June 2018, Housing Benefit can only be applied for by claimants or partners who have reached the qualifying age for State Pension Credit or claimants residing in Temporary or Supported Accommodation.
You can also apply for Housing Benefit if you are in receipt of, or were entitled within the last month to, a benefit that includes a Severe disability premium.
Please note that Universal Credit does not help towards Council Tax costs and therefore you should continue to apply for Council Tax Reduction.
If you have claimed Universal Credit you can apply for Council Tax Reduction by completing our online form:
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 having 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.