Council Tax Support helps people on a low income pay their council tax.
Anyone who has to pay council tax can apply. However Council Tax Support is there to help people on a low income to pay their council tax bill and it is assessed by looking at your:
You will not be entitled to Council Tax Support if you have savings of over £16,000 (unless you are in receipt of Guaranteed Pension Credit)
Council Tax Support is calculated by looking at your income, savings and household circumstances.
Working age households including those in receipt of certain benefits such as Income Support, Job Seekers Allowance and Employment Support Allowance will pay at least 22% of their council tax bill.
Depending on your circumstances, you can have some or all of the remaining 78% of your council tax bill covered by Council Tax Support.
Complete a Council Tax Support form and send it in to us:
You will need to provide proof of some of the things you write about on your application including:
A full list of the types of evidence required as proof is provided on page four of the notes for filling in a claim form, available above.
Council Tax Support will normally start from the Monday following receipt of your application.
To ensure your entitlement starts from the earliest possible date you should state your intention to claim by:
You can only ask for your claim to be backdated if there is a valid reason why you were unable to apply any earlier.
If you are of pensionable age special backdating rules apply. Council Tax Support can be backdated for a minimum of three months from the date of your application or from the date that you or your partner became pensionable age if this is later.
If we pay you too much Council Tax Support this will be recalled from your council tax account and a new council tax bill will be sent to you with an increased amount to pay.
If you disagree with the decision you can
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