From 1 April 2013, the national scheme of Council Tax Benefit has been replaced with local Council Tax Reduction Schemes, with each council devising their own scheme:
From April 2014 our scheme will be changing:
You may get a Council Tax Reduction if you (and any partner’s) income and savings are low enough given your household’s circumstances. To apply for this you must be the person liable to pay the Council Tax for the property where you live.
You must be liable to pay the Council Tax at the property where you live to be eligible for a Reduction.
If you are of working age and you (and any partner) have combined savings and capital over £9,000 you are not eligible for help from the Council Tax Reduction Scheme.
If you (or your partner) have reached the qualifying age for Pension Credits and you (and any partner) have combined savings and capital over £16,000 you are not eligible for help from the Council Tax Reduction Scheme, unless you are also in receipt of Pension Credit Guarantee.
Please use the Government’s online calculator to work out if you have reached the qualifying age for Pension Credits.
The amount of reduction you can get depends on who lives with you, the amount of money you have coming in and the savings you have. Your (and your partner’s) income and savings are compared to the amount the Government says someone in your circumstances needs to live on. The greater your income and savings, the less help you will get with your Council Tax bill.
If you get Income Support, Jobseeker’s Allowance (income-based), Employment and Support Allowance (income related) or Pension Credit Guarantee, you will normally get enough reduction to cover all your Council Tax. However you may get less if you have other people living with you, such as grown up children.
Second Adult Rebate is a Council Tax rebate for single Council Tax payers who have reached the qualifying age for Pension Credit, and who share their home with one or more adults (other than their partner) who have a low income.
The amount of Second Adult Rebate is based on the other person’s income and does not depend on your income or savings.
Please contact the Benefits Team on 01293 438611 for more information about Second Adult Rebate or visit the Town Hall in person Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 4.30pm to make a claim.
Home visits can be arranged for those unable to get to the office due to disability or infirmity. We also have staff that can help if English is not your first language.
Help us prevent fraud
Crawley Council's successful anti fraud team has a 24 hour freephone number so that residents can report benefit and other frauds against the Council. This service is totally confidential.
The freephone number is 0800 634 0180 or click to send us the Benefit Fraud Reporting Form in total confidence.
tel: (01293) 438616
fax: (01293) 511803
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