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Council tax support (benefit)
You may be entitled to money of your bill. The amount of help you get depends on your personal circumstances, your income and your savings.
How and when to claim
You should contact us to make a claim. You can use the online Council Tax Support and Housing Benefit Calculator to work out whether you are eligible for support.
- Only those named on the Council Tax bill can claim.
- You should make a claim as soon as you think you need to because the reduction cannot normally be backdated.
- If you know your circumstances are going to change, you can claim up to eight weeks before the change is due to happen.
If you make a claim for Income Support or Jobseekers Allowance (Income Based), you can claim Council Tax Support at the same time. The Benefits Agency should pass the form to us but we do recommend you also contact our Benefits Section.
Discounts and exemptions
Your council tax bill can also be reduced due to other circumstances. See Discounts and Exemptions.
Change of circumstances
If you claim Council Tax Support and/or Second Adult Rebate, you must keep us informed about any changes happening to you and the people living with you that may affect the amount you are entitled to receive.
Even small changes may affect how much we can pay you. See the sort of changes you must tell us about