Council tax support

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Use this form to apply for help towards your rent and/or Council Tax. If you have made a new claim for other benefits such as Jobseekers Allowance (Income Based) or Income Support, Jobcentre Plus may have already completed a claim with you.

To see how much you may be eligible for before you apply, why not use our online calculator?

About Council Tax support

Council Tax Support is for people on a low income to meet some of the cost of Council Tax. It is means tested, so the money you have saved, together with your household circumstances, will affect the amount of help you may be entitled to.

If you have reached the qualifying age for State Pension Credit, you will be eligible to claim support for your whole Council Tax bill. The amount you get will depend on your income and circumstances.

If you are of working age and have not reached the qualifying age for State Pension Credit, you will only be eligible to claim for up to 70 per cent of your Council Tax bill. This means that you will have at least 30 per cent of your bill to pay. If you have other adults living with you who are not your partner, your support may be reduced further as a result. They would, in most cases, be expected to contribute to your Council Tax.

You cannot claim Council Tax Support if you and your partner have over £16,000 in savings, unless you are getting Guaranteed Pension Credits (PCGC)

Second Adult Rebate

Second Adult Rebate can only be claimed by people who have reached Pension Credit age, and is another way you may be able to get some help with paying your Council Tax. If you have someone over 18 who is sharing your home you may be able to claim. It is not based on the money you have, but on the money people who live with you have.

In order to be classed as a 'second adult', the other person must not be:

  • Liable to pay Council Tax at the property
  • A joint owner or tenant with you
  • Your partner
  • Living with more than one person who is liable for Council Tax.

If your circumstances change

It is important that you tell us if your circumstances, or those of your household, change. If you don't, it may mean you are losing out on money you are entitled to, or you could be being paid too much. If you are paid too much you will be asked to pay this back.

A change in circumstances could include:

  • Starting or losing a job
  • Someone moves in or out
  • You move to a different address
  • You start or stop receiving other benefits
  • Any other change to your income or savings

These are just a few examples. To report a change visit www.wakefield.gov.uk/changes. If the change affects the amount of Council Tax you pay we will send you a revised bill.