This beneﬁt often goes unclaimed by people who own their own homes although they may be eligible.
This is a means tested beneﬁt (an assessment of your finances) and may be claimed by the person liable for the council tax.
There are discounts and reductions available in certain circumstances that can reduce the person's council tax bill. If someone in the household is disabled or severely mentally impaired, they may be entitled to a reduction.
Other people who may be entitled to a reduction are aged 18 and over and a student, student nurse, youth trainee or apprentice.
To find out more, here are some useful contacts for impartial and confidential advice:
South Shields Town Hall Westoe Road South Shields NE33 2RL Phone: 0191 4246040 Fax: 0191 4246041
Citizens Advice Bureau 2nd Floor Edinburgh Buildings Station Approach South Shields NE33 1HR Phone: 0844 499 4715
Citizens Advice Bureau 8 Grange Road West Jarrow NE32 3HX Phone: 0844 499 4715