How to claim housing and/or council tax reduction

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You can use the same form to claim both housing and council tax reduction.

You need to fill in a claim form to get housing benefit and/or apply for the council tax reduction scheme.

If you live with a partner you should make one claim for both of you.  If one of you is a student then the non-student should fill in the claim form putting the student down as the partner.

Our application form and full supporting evidence should be returned without delay or it could affect the date that the benefit starts.  The application form states which documents we require to process a claim.  These documents must be the originals as we cannot accept photocopies.  If you cannot provide evidence straightaway you should send in the form and submit the evidence later.

You can ask us to send you a claim form, call into one of our offices, or print a claim form and send it to us.  Please note that we are unable to accept electronic claims at this time.

To request an application form, please call us on 01946 598 300 or email us at

You can get help filling in the claim form at The Copeland Centre, Cleator Moor or Millom area offices, please complete as much of the form as you can before bringing it in.

If you are making a claim for Income Support, Jobseeker's Allowance or Employment & Support Allowance (ESA), you can claim housing benefit at The Job Centre. If you want to claim Council Tax Reduction you will need to contact us on 01946 598 300.

You can get help from other organisations such as the Citizen's Advice Bureau.


Published: 5 July 2012 - 3:43pm