Wyre Council

Benefits

Housing Benefit and Council Tax Support

What is Housing Benefit and Council Tax Support?

Housing Benefit can help pay some or all of your rent if you are on a low income.

Council Tax Support helps you pay some or all of your Council Tax bill depending on your age and circumstance. You can view general information about the scheme .  You can also read about the scheme in more detail .

Second Adult Rebate is available for residents who share their home with another adult (not a partner or civil partner)who is unable to contribute towards the Council Tax because they are on a low income.  The Council Tax payer's income is not taken into account when working out how much rebate is due.  The income of the other adults is used to do this. 

The amount of housing and council tax support due to you is worked out by looking at:

  • How much money you have coming in
  • You're personal circumstances and the amount of rent you have to pay
  • The amount of savings you have (more than £16,000 will normally disqualify you)
  • How many bedrooms you and your family require. 

Try our benefits calculator to see what help you can get.

Who does the scheme apply to?

  • Anyone paying rent
  • Any person responsible for paying the Council Tax
  • Tenants living in privately rented accommodation (the allowance for these tenants is known as Local Housing Allowance and the rates are set separately), hostels and housing association accommodation

How do I claim?

To claim Housing and/or Council Tax Support or Second Adult Rebate you need to fill in an application form.

Request a form or you can download a form now.  You can also pick a form up from one of our offices listed below:

The evidence that you need to provide

  • National Insurance numbers for you and your partner
  • Identity (two documents per person)
  • Capital, savings and investments
  • Earnings
  • Other income
  • Benefits, allowances or pensions
  • Private rent and tenancy

Things to remember

  • Hand your application in as soon as you can. To make sure your Housing Benefit starts from the   earliest date possible
  • You should contact us as soon as you need benefit to tell us that you plan to claim
  • Provide all the supporting evidence, we cannot pay your benefit until we have seen all the evidence we have asked for
  • Use the same form to claim help towards Council Tax

Do you Need Help?

  • If you are elderly or have difficulty completing forms, you can request a home visit.  Telephone 01253 891000 to book an appointment

What Happens Next?

We will work out how much benefit you are entitled to. We will write to you to tell you our decision, even if you will not receive any help because of your circumstances.  If you disagree with our decision or any information contained in the letter you must write to us straight away to tell us what you think is wrong.  You have one calendar month to do this. 


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