Anyone who pays Council Tax can claim Council Tax Support:
You can claim Council Tax Support even if you are working
You do not have to be receiving any other benefits
You can claim Council Tax Support if you already get a discount on your Council Tax, for example, if you live alone
You don't need to have paid any national insurance contributions
You can live in a:
Privately rented or housing association accommodation
Property you are buying or have already bought
How much you will get
The amount of Council Tax Support you will get depends on:
The money that you and your partner have coming in, including earnings, some benefits and tax credits and things like occupational pensions
The savings that you and your partner may have
Your circumstances, such as your age, the size of family, the ages of your children, whether you or any of your family are disabled, and whether there is anyone who lives with you who could help with the rent
If you or a member of your family is disabled, or if you are paying for your child to be looked after while you're at work, you may be eligible for extra Council Tax Support.
If you are at State Pension Age, the level of Council Tax Support you get is set by the government, rather than by the Council. You still apply in the same way.
The funding provided by Central Government to South Tyneside Council, in respect of Council Tax Support has reduced year on year since 2013 when local support schemes were introduced. Nevertheless, the local scheme adopted by South Tyneside Council continues to protect the most vulnerable residents in our Borough. The amount of Council Tax Support for 2020/21 will not be reduced by more than 15% of the previous national Council Tax Benefit Scheme, for residents in receipt of disability benefit and low income families with children under five, and not more than 30% for all other groups except those of pensionable age.
How to apply for Council Tax Support
If you think you are eligible, make sure you apply straight away or you might lose out on benefit.
It's important to answer all the questions fully and provide as much information as you can.
To process your claim for Council Tax Support we will need to see proof of:
identity for both you and your partner
national insurance number for you and your partner
all income for you and your partner
capital for both you and your partner
We always need to see original documents. Copies will not be accepted.
Proofs can be uploaded online, or sent by post. Any documents posted to the Council will be returned by second-class post. The Benefits Service will not accept responsibility for the loss of any documents sent by post.
Council Tax Support will not be paid until all the required information is provided.
When and how it will be paid
We can only pay Council Tax Support from the Monday after we receive your application form.
Your Council Tax Support will be taken straight off your Council Tax bill. We will send you a new Council Tax bill.
Find out what to do if you think your benefit is wrong, and how to appeal a decision.
Help when coming off benefits (extended payments)
It is sometimes possible to stay on full Council Tax Support or Housing Benefit, for an extra four weeks after you come off income support, Jobseeker's Allowance (income based), incapacity benefit, severe disablement allowance or employment and support allowance. This is called extended payments.