What is Council Tax?
Council Tax is a charge applied to every property in the country which pays for local services in your area including rubbish collection and local emergency services. It is a priority bill which means that it is extremely important that you pay this charge otherwise you could find yourself in trouble.
What Support is Available?
If you are a single person living in a property with no one over the age of 18 or anyone disregarded for council tax purposes, you are entitled to a 25% single person discount regardless of income.
If you are on benefits or a low income, you maybe eligible for Council Tax Reduction from your local authority. If you qualify on the grounds of meeting the means test, you will get some of your council tax paid for you. You may still find yourself needing make a contribution towards this.
Discounts and Exemptions
In certain circumstances your council tax bill could be reduced, the following are example of when this may apply:
Managing Council Tax Arrears
If you have council tax arrears and found that the local authority is chasing you, it is important that you do not ignore this as you could find yourself served with liability orders and warrants. You should explain your situation to one of the council officers and they should allow you to set up an affordable payment plan based on your circumstances. This will put on hold any further action which maybe taken against you.
This advice is provided by our Benefits Advisor, Robert Mandelstam. The information provided above is up to date for the financial year ending 5th April 2024.
We have factsheets and advice on the following topics (these are up to date for the financial year 2023/2024):
If you would like to access this support service, please complete the referral form linked below:
Once you have completed this form, we will be in touch to book you in with our Benefit Advisor (keep an eye on your junk folder just in case the email goes there!). This service is offered to our six communities without charge. If you have any questions about this service, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Robert Mandelstam is a Welfare Benefit Advisor at The Maggie’s Centre at the Royal Marsden, a charity focused on providing financial, emotional and practical support to those living with cancer. He is now also working to support our six charities as part of the Better Together project. Robert has been working in the field of welfare benefit advice for over 10 years in a range of different settings, namely, the NHS, local authority/housing providers and other third sector organisations. Robert aims to break down the barriers which exist around accessing support for some of the most vulnerable people in society and is adept at providing advice from the initial stages of a claim, through to representation at benefit tribunals.