Housing Benefit and Council Tax Reduction

Housing Benefit

Housing benefit is a government scheme run by councils, to help people on low incomes pay for their rent. If you pay rent, live in the property as your main home and are liable for the rent, you can apply for housing benefit.

Housing benefit is not available if you:

  • have capital of £16,000 or more (includes cash, property, bank and building society accounts and investments etc - not applicable if you receive guarantee element of pension credit)
  • are in a co-ownership scheme
  • own your own home, or are buying your own home
  • are in a nursing home or residential care
  • are a full-time student in higher education (unless you are in an exempt category, for example single parents)
  • live in the same house as, and pay rent to, a close relative in-law or employer

To work out how much housing benefit you will receive, we will look at the money you and your partner have coming in and going out, any capital you may have and your circumstances, such as the size of your family, age of your children, etc.

Council Tax Reduction

Council tax reduction is a Scottish Government scheme to help you pay your council tax. It is based on the income and savings of household members, and you can claim council tax reduction if you are a homeowner, private renter or council tenant. Use this form to apply for council tax reduction.

Like housing benefit, the amount you receive will be based on the money you and your partner have coming in and going out, any capital you have and your circumstances, such as the size of your family, age of your children, etc.

Second adult rebate is help with your council tax if you share a home with one or more adults who is not your partner. If they are not paying you rent, aged 18 or over, not liable for council tax themselves, and not your partner, you may be entitled to second adult rebate. Your income and savings will not affect this claim.

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