Please be advised that due to essential maintenance, our benefits forms will not be available on the following times over the weekend of the 24 July 2021:
- Saturday 24 July (midnight - 8am)
- Sunday 25 July (midnight - 8am)
- Monday 26 July (midnight - 6am)
We are sorry for any inconvenience caused.
Council tax support is a benefit to help some people pay their council tax.
You should apply straightaway if you think you are eligible for council tax support as it is not always possible to backdate payments. You should also let us know immediately if your circumstances change as any overpayment must be paid back to the council.
There are also other council tax discounts you may be able to claim.
Apply for council tax support
Please use our benefits calculator to see which benefits you may be entitled to before applying for council tax support.
Council tax support is a means tested benefit. This means that your income and savings are taken into consideration when applying.
To make a claim for council tax support, you will need to complete the following online application form.
If awarded, council tax support is paid directly to your council tax account.
If you need to provide additional evidence to support your claim, you can send this to us online.
If you have any questions about council tax support, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 01730 234175.
Council tax hardship fund
Help has been made available for the most vulnerable residents struggling to pay their council tax as part of the government’s £500m coronavirus hardship fund.
£516,901 has been allocated to East Hampshire District Council. We will be able to provide further council tax relief via this scheme.
The government has made it clear that additional funding is to firstly allow working age residents who already receive council tax support, to receive a further discount of up to £150.
Residents who are in receipt of council tax support do not need to apply for this.
Any remaining funds will be allocated to the most in need throughout the financial year.
Council tax support scheme
This document details how the scheme will operate for both pension credit age and working age applicants and in accordance with Section 13A of the Local Government Finance Act 1992 which specifies the classes of person who are to be entitled to a reduction under the scheme.
- Council tax support scheme (pdf 1.6 mb)
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