Council Tax Support

6. Council Tax Support change in circumstance

Your Council Tax Support is based on the information in your latest decision letter. Your award might be affected if your circumstances change. To make sure you are getting the award you are entitled to, you need to let us know about any changes straight away.

Tell us about a change in circumstances

We prefer you to tell us about any changes online. This speeds things up, saves public money and frees up time so we can support those who are unable to apply online.

Please give us as much information as you can so we can update your details as quickly as possible. Even if you don't have all your supporting documents, you should still tell us about your change in circumstance.

What you need to tell us about

You will need to let us know if any changes happen with:

  • the people that live in your house
  • the income of anyone in your house
  • your capital

If you are not sure if your change in circumstance will affect your benefits, tell us anyway.

Who lives in your household

You must let us know if:

  • anyone moves into or out of your home, including lodgers and subtenants
  • you have a child
  • any of your children leave school or leave home
  • you or your partner are going to be away from home for four weeks or more
  • someone you live with dies

Where you live

You must let us know if:

  • you move (this includes moving to another flat or room at the same address)

Your income

You must let us know if:

  • your income or income of anyone living with you changes, including getting other benefits, for example, Tax Credits
  • you or your partner's wages go up or down
  • you or anyone living with you starts work

Your capital

You must let us know if:

  • your capital or savings change. We need to know if you have more than £6,000 if you are working age, £10,000 if you are of State Pension Credit Qualifying Age, or if have more than £16,000 in your bank account or in assets

When do you need to tell us?

You need to tell us about a change in your circumstances within 21 days.

It's important that you inform us as quickly as possible because you:

  • may miss out on money you are entitled to
  • be overpaid
  • have to pay a financial penalty

What happens next?

Where you have notified the Benefits Service of a change in circumstance, we will write to you within 2 weeks, even if nothing has changed.

If you have an online account, you can log in to see if the change of circumstance has been applied to your award.

Page last updated: 30 October 2018
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