Council Tax - Important information about Council Tax Bills
Some Council Tax bills issued this month (March 2013) have incorrect information about parish council precepts. This means that the total amount payable will be lower than initially anticipated. We will be issuing new bills to all households over the next few weeks. Please click here for further information.
There are significant changes to Housing Benefit which could affect how much you receive or can claim in the future. It is really important that you know how these changes may affect you. Click here to find out more.
What is Housing Benefit?
Housing Benefit is a national Welfare Benefit to help you pay your rent if you are on a low income. It is sometimes called Rent Rebate if you live in a Council owned property and Rent Allowance or Local Housing Allowance if you live in a privately rented property.
Local Housing Allowance is a way of working out new claims for Housing Benefit for tenants renting accommodation from a private landlord.
What is Council Tax Benefit?Council Tax Benefit can help you pay your Council Tax bill if you are on a low income. From April 2013 it is replaced with Council Tax Support.
What is Council Tax Support?Council Tax Support is is not a state benefit, but a Council Tax discount scheme. Whilst those of pension age will not see any change, all working age people will see a reduction in the amount of support they receive for Council Tax. Click here to find out more.
Are you entitled?
If you would like an estimate of how much benefit you may be entitled to, please telephone us on 01757 292155 and ask for a 'trial assessment'. Then use the online form to make a claim.
We have a series of leaflets on different aspects of Housing Benefit. You can download these from the website.
See the Benefits Section Customer Charter - pdf. Look at the Vision for the Benefits Section. See what we are doing about Benefit Fraud. Tell us about someone claiming fraudulently.
Contact us (see below), or Find out more about the following areas:
Second Adult Rebate
Details of when the Second Adult Rebate applies
Who can claim
This includes information about claiming whilst you are working and explains the special rules that apply to:
- people from abroad
- renting from a close relative or other family member
- if you have savings over £16,000
From April 2013 people of working age will no longer be able to receive Second Adult Rebate unless they are members of a student household where one or more people in receipt of Income Support, Pension Credit or an income-based Jobseeker's Allowance. If anyone resident is not either a student or receiving one of these benefits, Second Adult Rebate cannot be claimed.
Where the person liable to pay Council Tax is of State Pension age they will still be able to claim Second Adult Rebate.
How to make a claim and the evidence and documents you need to give us
The type of forms you need to fill out and the evidence you will need to send us.
You can also make a claim using our online benefits claim form.
How much Benefit you will get and discretionary payments
How we work out your entitlement to Benefit and the areas where we cannot pay Benefit
Starting or stopping your Benefit and Reviews
When your Benefit will start, including when we can backdate your claim.
When your Benefit will end, including Extended Payments.
We also tell you here how we will review your claim.
How Benefit is paid
How you will receive your payments and what you should do if we overpay you.
Changes in your circumstances
Changes in your circumstances which you must tell us about.
Disputes and appeals
What you should do if you are unhappy about a decision we make.
You can enquire about any aspect of claiming Council Tax or Housing Benefits online
If you need any information or advice please contact us by:
Phone on 01757 292155
Visiting Access Selby
Writing to us at:
Housing Benefits Section
Selby District Council
Other useful numbers:
Council Tax Section
Tel : (01757) 292181
Selby District Council
Council House Rents
Tel: (01757) 292164
Selby District Council
Tel: 0845 606 0265 (for pension-age customers)
Tel: 0800 0556688 (for working-age customers)
HM Revenue and Customs (for Tax Credits)
Tel : 0845 300 3900
You can get unbiased and independent advice from the following organisations:
Citizen's Advice Bureau
Tel: 0845 120 3718
Tel: (01757) 704115 (if you are over pension age)
12 Park Street
Tel: 01757 210495
Fax: 01757 290427
Leaflets and Brochures
Please note that we stock a wide range of Social Security Benefit leaflets and booklets. Booklets are also available in large print. These include:
- Pension Credits, Benefit for the sick and disabled; and
- information for carers.
Fair Processing Notice
Fair Processing Notice - information on this is available on our dedicated page.