Manchester City Council is calling for residents on a low income who pay council tax to find out if they are entitled to council tax support.
The Council Tax Support scheme – funded by the council – provides means tested financial assistance to working age residents to help pay their council tax.
You can apply if you own your home or rent, are unemployed or working, and the quickest and easiest way to check eligibility is online.
In 2017/18 Manchester claimants of Council Tax Support are able to receive support to pay up to 82.5% of their Council Tax charge. Residents living in a band A property could claim up to £825.
It’s especially important that claimants of Universal Credit – the new benefit scheme currently being expanded in Manchester by the Government as part of a nationwide rollout – are aware of the need to make a separate claim for Council Tax Support from the council.
Council Tax Support is now wholly funded by the council and is not paid as part of a Universal Credit claim.
Claiming Council Tax Support will not affect the amount of money received in other benefits.
Councillor John Flanagan Manchester City Council’s Executive Member for Finance and Human Resources, said: “We want our Council Tax Support scheme to benefit as many people as possible so it’s imperative our residents find out if they are entitled to this help. If you need help paying your Council Tax I’d urge you get online and check if you’re eligible for this support.”
Appointments for advice about benefits services can be made at the customer service centre on the ground floor of the Town Hall Extension, or at Chorlton, Longsight, North City, Withington, or Wythenshawe Forum libraries.
For more information and to find out if you are eligible visit: www.manchester.gov.uk/counciltaxsupport or call 0161 234 5003 between 9am and 6pm Monday to Friday.