Do you need help to pay your Council Tax Bill?
Council Tax benefit ensures that people in receipt of Income Support / Pension Guarantee Credit will normally pay no Council Tax and that other people on low incomes will have their bills reduced. Even if you live with people on low income you might still qualify for some help. There are two ways in which you can benefit:
- In your own right. The benefit is calculated on your income and that of any partner. Deductions are made if other people such as sons, daughters over the age of 18 live with you. Examples of the amount of income you can have and still qualify for council tax benefit are shown here.
- On the basis of the circumstances of any second adult (but not a partner or spouse) living with you. Generally only a single liable person (that is someone without a partner or spouse) will qualify for this type of benefit which is known as 'second adult rebate'. For example if you are a single parent with children over the age of 18 on Income Support or on a low income you may be able to claim.
Many people lose benefit because they delay making a claim. Benefit is not normally backdated so do not delay, complete an application form today. You can use our on-line calculator to give you an idea of whether you will qualify.
Are you entitled?
A quick check can give you an idea of whether you would qualify for benefit. For a more accurate assessment please contact the Benefits Team - contact details at the bottom of the page.
How to make an application for Council Tax Benefit
Please do not be deterred from claiming Benefits because of all the personal income details which are needed. Filling in the application form costs nothing and all information is in strictest confidence. If you qualify it means extra money in your pocket.
You can pick up a claim form from the Town Hall, Penrith or telephone Benefits Team on 01768 212257/ 212115 or download a form here application form for Housing / Council Tax Benefit (PDF: 300Kb / 23 pages) . For more information see Council Tax Benefit - Frequently Asked Questions
To help us work out how much benefit you may get, you must give us original documents with your claim form. Copies are not accepted. Also when you make a claim you will need to provide us with proof of who are.
Housing Benefit - are you missing out?
Did you know that half of the households living in rented accommodation receive Housing Benefit to help pay their rent? For more information see the section on Housing Benefit.
For further information:
Contact: Benefits Team, Town Hall, Penrith CA11 7QF
Telephone: 01768 212146, 212235, 212115, 212257
Fax: 01768 890470