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Council Tax Benefit

If you are liable to pay Council Tax and your income and savings are below a certain level you may be entitled to Council Tax Benefit.

Up to 100% rebate of the Council Tax charge may be available. There is however, no rebate for the water and sewerage charges, which are included in your Council Tax bill.

We administer Council Tax Benefit for the government. It is governed by laws and regulations laid down by the government and is funded by the Department for Work and Pensions.

Benefit is normally awarded from the Monday after the date your application is received by us. It will be paid directly to your Council Tax account.

Council Tax Benefit is strictly controlled to make sure that benefit is paid to those in real need. We will ask you to provide evidence of both you and your partner’s national insurance number and identity as well as proof of your household income and savings. If you are entitled to certain state benefits we may not need to verify your details because this will already have been done by the Department for Work and Pensions. 

For further information see the Frequently Asked Questions web page|.

You must inform us of any change to your circumstances| which may affect your Council Tax Benefit.

You can download an application form online|, obtain a form or further help and advice by calling the Council Tax Benefit section or visiting any of our local council offices.

Even if you are not entitled to Council Tax Benefit you may be able to reduce your Council Tax bill if you qualify for Council Tax discount, exemption or disabled reduction. 

Don't delay - if you think you will qualify apply now or you may lose out.

Changes to Council Tax Benefit

The existing Council Tax benefit scheme will be replaced by the Council Tax Replacement Scheme in Scotland in 2013.

The expectation is that the Council Tax Replacement Scheme will be similar to the existing benefit scheme in the first year. As such the various discounts including the single person’s discount will apply. Alternative schemes are being looked at for future years.

There is no need to do anything about this yet. For further information please contact the Benefits Section using the contact details provided below.


Contact Information

Benefits Section
John Dickie Street
East Ayrshire
Telephone: 01563 554400
Page last updated on21 October 2013
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