Do you need help paying your Council Tax or rent?
If you are on a low income then you may be entitled to help by claiming Council Tax Support or Housing Benefit. There are restrictions on claiming and eligibility is income driven and subject to a means test.
To check this entitlement you can use an online benefit calculator which then allows you to submit an electronic claim, after which you can email copies of supporting documents securely to
Working age households now have to claim help with the payment of rent through Universal Credit but can still claim Council Tax Support. Households drawing a pension or working age claimants living within Supported or temporary accommodation may still claim both Housing Benefit or Council Tax Support with the Council.
Please contact your Benefits Section on 01629 818222 (option 2) for advice. For tenants renting from private landlords, the DirectGov website will give information on the amount of Local Housing Allowance that can be paid.