Council tax support

You might be able to get help paying your council tax if you have a low income and your savings are £16,000 or below.  Some types of income are ignored, so it’s worth applying even if you think you don’t qualify. You can check whether you might be entitled to any support using an online benefits calculator although this is only an estimate, and not a guarantee.

You might also get Second Adult Rebate, if you share your home with someone who:

  • is aged 18 or over
  • is not paying you rent
  • is not paying council tax themselves

You don’t have to be receiving council tax support to qualify for second adult rebate. And second adult rebate is not affected by your income and savings - it’s based on the other person’s savings.

Apply for council tax support

First of all, make an application for council tax support, then, use the evidence upload form to submit any evidence to support your claim, for example, proof of occupation, student certificate or evidence for a disabled band reduction.

When you complete a claim form you will need to give us:

  • proof of your identity
  • proof of income and capital
  • details of anyone else who lives with you

You must tell us if your circumstances change though, for example:

  • if any of your children leave school or leave home
  • if anyone moves into or out of your home
  • if your income, or the income of anyone living with you changes
  • if your capital or savings change
  • if your rent changes
  • if you move
  • if you or your civil partner are going to be away from home for more than four weeks

Help us deal with your claim quickly by:

  • answering all the questions on the claim form
  • giving us proof of all your details as soon as possible
  • replying straight away if we ask you for any more information
  • contacting us quickly if there is something that you do not understand

If you are unable to get out easily, contact us and let us know why you need a visit, and we may be able to send a Visiting Officer to your home. 

Benefits Calculators

You can use these calculators to work out if you might be entitled to any benefits. You must remember that these only provide an estimate, and are not a guarantee.

Gov.Uk benefits calculators

Local Council Tax Support Scheme

Further information