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£150 Council Tax reduction if you receive Council Tax support
If you already receive Council Tax support and are of working age, you'll automatically qualify for a discount of up to £150 off your 2020/21 bill. You do not need to send us your bank details. We'll send out updated bills in the post to show your discount and how much you need to pay.
If you currently pay £150 or less per year, you won't need to pay anything and your new bill will show this. The reduction will be made available from the government’s hardship fund in light of the coronavirus situation.
Calculate and claim benefits
You can use the link below to calculate and claim any of the following benefits:
- Housing Benefit.
- Council Tax Support.
- Council Tax reduction.
- Second Adult Rebate.
The calculator gives you an instant estimate of how much benefit you may be entitled to, then you can choose to make a claim. Your estimate will be based on the information you've supplied.
Council Tax reduction
In the budget on 11 March 2020, the chancellor announced a number of measures to reduce business rates bills and to provide additional money for Council Tax reduction schemes. As the government hasn't provided us with any detail on how we're to make these changes, we're unable to answer any enquiries relating to them. When the government issue the instructions, we'll ensure any business or individual affected by these changes will be sent a revised bill.
From 1 April 2020, we're introducing a new Council Tax reduction scheme for working-age people who receive Universal Credit.
We've introduced this scheme to make it easier for you to get support paying your Council Tax if the hours you work often change. We hope this new scheme will give you more certainty about how much council tax you'll need to pay each month.
What reduction can I get?
The table below shows the maximum reduction you could get off your Council Tax bill based on the income you earn over the 'applicable amount'.
The applicable amount is how much money the government says you need to live off each month. The government works this out using estimates called standard allowances.
|Up to £10||85% off|
|£10.01 - £25||75% off|
|£25. 01 - £45||60% off|
|£45.01 - £65||45% off|
|£65.01 - £85||25% off|
|£85.01 - £100||10% off|
|£100.01 and above||No reduction|
Criteria for claiming Housing Benefit
You can only claim Housing Benefit if you meet one or more of the following criteria. If you don't, you'll need to claim Universal Credit instead.
- You live in temporary or specified accommodation.
- You're single and over state pension credit age, or are part of a couple who are both over state pension credit age. If you are part of a couple where only one of you is below state pension credit age, you must claim Universal Credit to pay for your housing costs instead.
- Within the last month, you've been paid a Severe Disability Premium in your benefits. You may have had this if you get Personal Independence Payment, Disability Living Allowance, Attendance Allowance or Armed Forces Independence Payment.
Find out how to apply for Universal Credit
Criteria for claiming Council Tax Support
You can claim Council Tax Support if you meet all the following criteria:
- You pay Council Tax at your main home.
- You don't have savings of over £16,000.
What you'll need to apply and how long it will take
When you complete your online claim for benefits, you may need to provide evidence of your identity, earnings or housing costs.
View your Housing Benefit claim and payments
You can sign in to MyAccount to view your Housing Benefit award, view your payment schedule, see any previous payments made to you, report changes, sign up for email notifications and see if you've any overpayments outstanding.
To view your benefit claim:
- Sign in or register for MyAccount using the link below.
- Add your benefits account, if you haven't done so already. You'll need your 9 digit benefits reference number which you can find on your notification letters. You'll also need to answer a few security questions.
- From your online benefits account, follow the link for view your benefit payments.