A Guide to Housing Benefit and Local Council Tax Reduction

    Housing and Local Council Tax Reduction is a means tested benefit administered by the Council. Council Tax Reduction Scheme 2021/2022


    Who can claim Housing Benefit?

    Anyone who has to pay rent can apply for Housing Benefit, even if you are in work and on a low income.

    In some cases, even though someone has to pay rent, they are not always entitled to Housing Benefit. For example when someone:

    • Lives with a close relative, who is also the landlord
    • Sets up a tenancy in order to take advantage of the Housing Benefit scheme eg on a non-commercial basis
    • Has income which is too high to qualify
    • Has capital or savings in excess of £16,000
    • Falls into categories which are excluded from claiming eg certain students.  

    Who can claim Local Council Tax Reduction?

    Anyone who has a liability to pay Council Tax can apply for Local Council Tax Reduction, even if you already get a discount on your Council Tax ie if you live alone.

    You can claim even if you work and have a low income.

    In some cases, even though you have a liability to pay council tax you would not be entitled to Local Council Tax Reduction. For example when someone:

    • Has income which is too high to qualify
    • Is of working age and has capital or savings in excess of £6000 (pensionable age level is £16000)

    To make a claim please visit our online forms page.

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