If you’re on a low income, you may be able to claim council tax support to help you pay your council tax bill.
Council tax support reduces your council tax bill in the same way other discounts (like Single Person Discount) reduce your bill.
Not everyone can apply for council tax; whether you qualify depends on:
- your income
- the size of your family
- other adults who live with you
- the amount of council tax you have to pay
Council tax support won't cover all your council tax bill; everyone of working age has to pay at least 30% of their council tax (see Council Tax Support Scheme Policy).
Who can claim
To claim council tax support you need to:
- be the person responsible for paying the council tax bill (rented property or your own home)
- be on a low income, whether it's from paid work, benefits or pension
- you (including your partner) have less than £16,000 in savings (unless you receive the Guarantee Credit part of Pension Credit)
How to apply
You can apply for council tax support using our online form below.
Before you fill in the form, use our calculator to check whether you qualify, and how much you might be entitled to. The details you put in the calculator will automatically populate your claim form.
Make sure you've got the following information to hand before you start the form:
- details of the income and benefits received by each person in your home (if you don’t have payslips, or you’ve recently changed jobs, ask your employer to fill in our online certificate of earnings form)
- the amount of council tax you’re charged a year
- the total balances for all your accounts (including any savings, post office or current accounts), for you and your partner
You may also need to fill in one of the following forms if any of these circumstances apply to you:
- if you’re self-employed, please fill in our self-employed earnings form
- if you’ve returned to live in the UK within the last two years, you must fill in our habitual residence form to prove that you’re entitled to make a claim for benefit
- if you or your partner, or any children you’re claiming for, own another property or land, either in the UK or abroad, you’ll need to fill in our online property and land valuation form
At the end of the form, it will tell you what evidence we need to support your claim and if we need original documents or copies.
To claim council tax support, fill in our online form below.
Sending your evidence
You must provide your evidence within one calendar month from the date you applied for support.
Once we receive your information, we’ll work out how much you’re entitled to and contact you to let you know. This usually takes up to ten working days.
Acting as an appointee
If you've been appointed to deal with a person’s financial affairs on their behalf, you need to fill in the form below to become their appointee for housing benefit or council tax.
How we pay your council tax support
Any support you're awarded will be deducted from your council tax bill and we'll send you a new bill showing your new payment plan.
Your support will usually start on the Monday after we receive your application, or the day you told us you wanted to make a claim. In some instances, we can backdate your claim.
Appeal against our decision
If you think we’ve made a mistake with your claim, you can appeal against our decision using the form below.
Sign up to My Bentax to view your council tax details online.
What to do if you're finding it difficult to pay your bill
If you're experiencing exceptional financial hardship, you can apply for council tax discretionary relief using the form below. (Read about the relief scheme)
Change of circumstances
If you move house or there are any other changes to your circumstances, you can tell us using one of the forms on our change in circumstances page.