Council Tax benefit is available to everyone who qualifies - not just Council tenants - if you are on a low income you should apply for council tax benefit. To claim Council Tax Benefit the person must be the liable person or the partner of the liable person for Council Tax.
People who are liable to pay rent for the property they reside in can claim Housing Benefit.
You will need to complete an application form. Evidence of your identity, all income, all savings or other capital and your national insurance number must be provided. This information is also required for your partner if you have one. Details of anyone else living in your household are also required.
It is very important that you continue to pay your Rent and Council Tax. You may receive little or no benefit and if you do not pay you may fall in to arrears.
Normally, we take a certain amount off your weekly Housing Benefit for each non-dependant who lives with you. This amount is called a non-dependant deduction. The amount we take off your benefit depends on the circumstances of the non-dependant and how much income they get. The Government sets non-dependant deductions and normally changes them every year.
A non-dependant is someone aged 18 or over who lives with you as part of your family but is not your partner. Examples of non-dependants are adult sons and daughters, elderly relatives or friends, boarders, sub-tenants and joint tenants.
The 'applicable amount' is the amount the Government says you need to live on each week. These amounts are set by the Government and normally change every year. It is made up of three parts:
The type of savings we count include: cash savings, building societies, savings, bank and post office savings, premium bonds, National Savings Certificates, stocks, shares and unit trusts, the value of any land or property you own apart from your home.
Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit are normally awarded from the Monday after the day you claim.
You will not be entitled to Housing or Council Tax Benefit if any of the following apply: