Council tax support

Council tax support is for people on a low income to help them pay their council tax bill. You may be able to get council tax support if you are on other benefits, work part-time or work full-time on a low income.

You can claim council tax support if you have to pay council tax on your home.

Council tax support is payable in respect of the family, the term family includes single claimants, lone parents, married or un-married partners or civil partners with or without children. The family must occupy the property as their home and be liable to pay Council Tax.

As well as main council tax support there is also second adult rebate for pension aged claimants who do not have a partner (or their partner is 'not counted' for council tax purposes) and they have other people living with them who are on a low income.

The government has reduced the amount of money available to councils to help those on low-income pay their council tax and councils were asked to devise local council tax support schemes to replace council tax benefit from 1 April 2013.

In Amber Valley every working age person who is liable for council tax has to pay something now, even if they got full benefit and paid nothing previously.

All working age claimants will have their council tax support awards reduced by 8.5%.

Therefore you may receive a council tax bill asking you to pay something this year whereas you didn't have anything to pay previously.

Please don't ignore the bill - you must pay it.

Contact the council on 01773 841470 if you want to discuss this further.

Use our online benefits calculator to check your housing benefit and council tax support entitlement.

Council tax bills can be reduced by:

Need further help or information?

Contact the team directly on 01773 841470 or email benefits@ambervalley.gov.uk