Council Tax Support
also known as: Benefit new claim.
Council Tax Support replaced Council Tax Benefit from 1 April 2013
Council Tax Support
Northumberland County Council has adopted
Council Tax Reductions Schemes (Default Scheme) (England)
Regulations 2012 for the period 1 April 2013 to 31 March 2014
which is based closely on the means-tested Council Tax Benefit
There are two types of support available to
help you meet your council tax payments.
Main Council Tax Support is assessed on the
income of the person or persons liable to pay Council Tax.
Reductions of up to 100% of the amount payable are available. If
your income exceeds the amount the Government says you need to live
on, a deduction is made from the full amount of support available.
A further reduction may be made in respect of other adults living
Second Adult Rebate is available where there
is only one person liable to pay the Council Tax and they share
their home with one or more other people, on a non-commercial
basis. The amount of Second Adult Rebate granted is not linked to
the income of the person liable to pay the Council Tax, but to the
income of the other persons living with them. You cannot normally
claim Second Adult Rebate if you live with your partner.
Only Main Council Tax Support or Second Adult
Rebate can be granted, not both. The higher amount of the two
will be granted if both types of reduction are applied for.
If you should have any queries regarding this matter or
you require further information, please contact 0845 600
Who is eligible for Council Tax Support?
If you currently pay council tax and your
income and capital (savings and investments) are below a certain
level you may be entitled to Council Tax support.
Who is eligible for Second Adult Rebate?
You may get Second Adult Rebate if the person
you share your home with is:
- not your partner or civil partner
- aged 18 or over
- not paying you rent
- not paying Council Tax themselves
- on a low income
- You may be able to get Second Adult Rebate
even if you don't receive Council Tax Support
if you're either:
- not entitled to Council Tax Benefit; or
- only entitled to benefit which would cover 25
per cent or less of your council tax
How much would I be entitled to?
You could use our online benefit
calculator, which can give you an instant estimate of
what you could claim based on the information you supply.
The most Council Tax Support you can get is
100 per cent reduction on your bill.
How would the benefit be paid?
If you are entitled to Council Tax Support or
Second Adult Rebate you will get a new bill showing the reduced
amount of council tax you have to pay.
How can I claim?
If you are not currently claiming any other
benefits you can either:
Northumberland County Council