Your borough council tax is frozen again for 2016/17. The county council's portion of the bill is going up, as are some parish councils'. Find out more here.

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

Our Benefits Calculator can tell you if you may be entitled to a  Council Tax Support (more commonly known as Council Tax benefit). You should then contact us to make a claim.

  • 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.

Other benefits

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.

Forms are available from our council offices or by calling us.

Discounts and exemptions

Your council tax bill can also be reduced due to other circumstances. SeeDiscounts 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. SeeThe sort of changes you must tell us about

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