Housing Benefit and Council Tax Support

Housing Benefit and Council Tax Support

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  • Universal credit:

    From 29 November 2017, for residents living in many postcodes in Chesterfield, we won’t be able to accept new claims for Housing Benefit if you are of working age - you will have to claim Universal Credit instead.   

    You will still need to make a separate claim for Council Tax Support.

    Find out more here.

Click on the links below for more information about benefits.

What is Housing Benefit and Council Tax Support?

Housing Benefit is a benefit that helps you to pay your rent if you have a low income. Council Tax support is help towards paying your Council Tax charge. Most people who have a liability for rent or Council Tax can claim, although your age or circumstances may affect how much help you can get. Whatever income you receive will be taken into account to see if you qualify. We also need to know who else lives in your property. For details on how to claim Housing and Council Tax Support please click here.

We may be able to award Discretionary Housing Payment if you need extra help with your housing costs.


I am a single adult, of qualifying age for Pension Credit, but my income is too high to qualify for Council Tax Support

Even if you do not qualify for Council Tax Support you may still be able to have your Council Tax charge reduced.

If you are single, of qualifying age for Pension Credit, but have other adults living with you who have low incomes, your Council Tax charge could be reduced by claiming Second Adult Rebate. We will need proof of the income of all the other adults in your property. Contact the Benefits Section to find out how to claim.

If you are the only adult over 18 in your property, your charge could be reduced by 25%. You need to contact the Council Tax Billing section.

Read more about Council Tax discounts.


Non-dependant deductions

The amount of benefit you get will be reduced if you have someone living with you who is not dependant on you. This is called a non-dependant deduction. We will not reduce your benefit by this amount if you are registered blind or get Attendance Allowance, the care component of Disability Living Allowance or the daily living component of Personal Independence Payment. We need you to tell us if these circumstances apply to you. Are we making a deduction for a non-dependant living with you when we shouldn’t?

Weekly deductions

Housing Benefit 

Non-dependant circumstances

Deduction £

Aged under 25 and on IS or JSA(IB) or ESA(IR) which does not include an amount for the support component or work-related activity component


Aged 25 or over and on IS or JSA(IB) or aged 18 or over and not in remunerative work


In receipt of main phase ESA(IR)


In receipt of State Pension Credit


Aged 18 or over and in remunerative work:  
- gross income less than £143.00


- gross income £143.00 to £208.99


- gross income £209.00 to £271.99


- gross income £272.00 to £362.99


- gross income £363.00 to £450.99


- gross income £451.00 and above


Council Tax Support

Non-dependant circumstances

Deduction £

In receipt of State Pension Credit or IS, JSA(IB), or ESA(IR)


Working age claim and non-dependant aged under 25 and in receipt of Universal Credit with no earned income or pensioner claim and non-dependant any age with no earned income


Working age claim and non-dependant aged over 25 with no earned income


Gross income less than £207.70


Gross income £207.70 to £360.09


Gross income £360.10 to £447.39


Gross income £447.40 or over


Other aged 18 or over


The figures given above are applicable to cases where rent is paid 52 weeks per year. The figures will vary if "rent free" weeks are applicable.


  • IS - Income Support
  • JSA(IB) - income based Job Seeker's Allowance
  • ESA(IR) - income related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Gross income - income before deducting income tax, national insurance and pension contributions


Last updated on 24 March 2020