People on low incomes can claim benefits to help them pay some of their bills.
The two main types of benefit you can receive are council tax benefit and housing benefit
Council Tax benefits
If you are on a low income you may be eligible for council tax benefit to help pay your council tax bill. This is a means tested benefit and the council will look at your income and savings before deciding whether you qualify. Any benefit awarded will be deducted from your council tax bill.
Our online benefits calculator will help you decide whether you may be eligible for this benefit. You can’t claim benefit for second homes. You can also find details of how to claim, including information about the evidence you will need to produce to support your claim.
You should contact us straightaway if you think you are eligible for council tax benefit as it is not always possible to backdate payment. You should also let us know immediately, if your circumstances change, as any overpayment must be paid back to the council.
The easiest way to apply for council tax benefit is to complete our online claim form.
Housing benefit is for people on low income to help them pay their rent. It is a means tested benefit, which means that your income and savings are taken into consideration when an application is considered.
It is usually paid straight into your bank account or by cheque.
Your benefit may be reduced if you have somebody else living with you over the age of 18 other than your partner, such as a grown up son or daughter.
There may be a deduction from your benefit dependent upon their gross income or circumstances. Non-dependants do not include boarders or lodgers.