Council Tax Support and Housing Benefit

Housing Benefit and Council Tax Support Calculators

 

 Housing Benefit Calculator - to see if you could be entitled to any help towards your rent.

 

 Council Tax Support Calculator - to find out what your current entitlement to Council Tax Support is.

Important Changes to the Council Tax Benefit Scheme

 

The existing Council Tax Benefit Scheme which helps people on low income to pay their Council Tax is being abolished and replaced from April 2013 by new local financial support schemes, called Council Tax Support.

 

The Borough Council of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk has decided to keep the rules around claiming Council Tax Support the same as Council Tax Benefit for 2013/2014.

 

This means that the amount of help you receive will not be affected from April 2013. Any existing Council Tax benefit claims will be known as Council Tax Support from the 1 April 2013 and anybody making a new claim for benefit after the 1 April 2013 will be placed on the new Council Tax Support scheme.

 

Council Tax Support

 

Council Tax Support is a benefit administered by the Council, on behalf of the Government, that helps you to meet the cost of your Council Tax. It is paid to people who are liable for Council Tax, (the person whose name is on the bill) and who have a low income, whether they are working or not.

 

Council Tax Support  is a means tested benefit, which means we will need to know about all your income and capital in order to see if you are entitled. 

 

If you have to pay Council Tax and your income is low, you can claim, regardless of whether you are retired, unemployed, or in full or part-time work.

 

If you are Pension Age and have over £16,000 savings you will not be entitled to any help, unless you receive the guarantee element of Pension Credit.

 

If you are Working Age and have over £6,000 savings you will not be entitled to any help unless you are in one of the following Protected Groups

  • You have at least one child under the age of 5 in your household
  • You receive the Disability Premium or Child Disability Premium when we calculate your weekly income allowance
  • You receive the Support Component of Employment Support Allowance
  • You receive or have underlying entitlement to Carer’s Allowance

If you are Working Age and in one of the Protected Groups and have over £16,000 savings you will not be entitled to any help.

 

Housing Benefit

 

Housing Benefit is similar to Council Tax Support but is used to meet the cost of your rental accommodation, for both Housing Association properties and private tenancies. 

 

Housing Benefit can pay up to 100% of your rent, although it will not generally meet all the service cost your landlord might charge. If you are a private tenant we will only pay up to a rent level that is at or below the local average.  

 

Housing Benefit is a means tested benefit, which means we will need to know about all your income and capital in order to see if you are entitled.  If you have over £16,000 savings you will not be entitled, unless you receive the guarantee element of Pension Credit.

 

How to claim Council Tax Support and Housing Benefit

 

Claim form

 

You need to complete and return a standard Council Tax Support and Housing Benefit Claim Form (pdf 472Kb) which is available on this website and at all our main offices listed below: 

 

King's Lynn - Kings Court, Chapel Street

Hunstanton - Valentine Road

Downham Market - Priory Road

 

To see what documents you should include with your claim, please see the page on supporting evidence.

 

If you are Pension Age or are Working Age and in one of the Protected Groups listed below you may be able to have your council tax bill reduced, regardless of your own circumstances (including earnings and savings) because other people who live with you are on benefit or a low income. In such cases you should make a claim for Second Adult Rebate.

 

You cannot claim Second Adult Rebate if you are married or have a partner or are Working Ag and not in one of the Protected Groups.

 

The Protected Groups for Working Age people are

  • You have at least one child under the age of 5 in your household
  • You receive the Disability Premium or Child Disability Premium when we calculate your weekly income allowance
  • You receive the Support Component of Employment Support Allowance
  • You receive or have underlying entitlement to Carer’s Allowance

 

Online Benefit Calculators

 

You can complete our Housing Benefit Calculator to find out whether you could be entitled to any help towards your rent.

 

You can also complete our Council Tax Support Calculator to find out what your current entitlement to Council Tax Support and what your revised entitlement from April 2014 will be under the new scheme.

 

When should I claim?

 

Generally, you should claim as soon as you believe you may be entitled as there are strict rules in housing benefit and council tax support governing the time-limits for which claims can be submitted.

 

We can also accept advance claims (e.g. if you know you are moving into a new property in 2 weeks time). Advance claims can be accepted providing that they are within 13 weeks of the date you will become entitled to benefit.

 

Contact Details:

 

Telephone 01553 616200

 

Email revenues@west-norfolk.gov.uk

 

In Writing:

 

Finance & Resources Department

Borough Council of King's Lynn & West Norfolk

PO Box 26

King's Lynn

PE30 1EX

 

Last updated: 14 August 2014
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