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If you are on a low income and need help paying your rent or council tax, you may be able to claim Housing Benefit (HB). For details about help with your Council Tax see Council Tax Support scheme.
Letter from the Leader of the Council
Stephen Alambritis has written to all residents about the Council Tax Support scheme which replaced Council Tax Benefit last year. Read his letter here (0.6MB)
Council Tax Support scheme for 2014-15 - now published.
We have reviewed and revised our Council Tax Support scheme to reflect the increases in Government allowances which apply to Housing Benefit. Please see Council Tax Support scheme.for more details.
Limited protection from the spare room subsidy rules
On 1st April 2013, the rules on spare rooms changed and a reduction to the rent used to work out your Housing Benefit was applied your claim. This reduction was either 14% for one spare bedroom; or 25% for two or more spare bedrooms.
It has recently come to light that there is protection from the spare room subsidy rules for those claimants who fall under particular categories. Please see Benefit Changes for more details.
This page was last updated on Wednesday 12 March 2014