Council Tax Reduction (CTR) formally Council Tax Benefit (CTB) will commence on the 1 April 2013.

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Our online Housing Benefit calculator will find out how much Housing Benefit you could be entitled to.  If you are entitled to it then you will be able to submit your claim online.

Who can apply for Housing Benefit ?

Anyone can apply for Housing Benefit, providing they:

  • are liable to make payments in respect of a dwelling, and
  • occupy that dwelling as a home.

However, you will not normally qualify for any Housing Benefit if:

  • savings over £16,000 (as a couple or a single person)
  • you're a full time student (unless you are disabled or have children)
  • you're not the person who pays council tax or paying the rent
  • you're seeking asylum
  • you are living in the UK under a sponsorship agreement.

Housing Benefit can help you to pay your rent if you're:

  • renting from a private landlord
  • renting from a Housing Association
  • renting from the Council
  • living in bed and breakfast accommodation.

Housing Benefit may not cover all the rent you pay. It will not cover charges for water rates, electricity, gas and some other services. Home owners can't get Housing Benefit, but, may be entitled to Council Tax Reduction.

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Payments and benefits.

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