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Adur District residents: The Benefits service for Adur District Council is provided by the CenSus Partnership Website, please refer to the CenSus benefits website for full details.
Worthing Borough residents: please refer to the information below 

What is Housing Benefit and 
Council Tax Support?

See also:

Housing Benefit

The purpose of Housing Benefit is to help people who are on low income to pay their rent.

You may be eligible for help even if you are working (either on an employed or self-employed basis) because you do not need to be claiming a state benefit from the Department for Work & Pensions to claim.

You can be renting your accommodation from either a private landlord or a housing association, but you will not be eligible for any help if your landlord is a close relative and they live at the same address - for example, adult sons and daughters who live at home with their parents.

Housing Benefit cannot help with mortgage costs.

How to claim

See also: Discretionary Housing Payments

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Council Tax Support

Adur residents

Adur residents should refer to the Council Tax Support Scheme on the CenSus Partnership website.

Worthing Residents

The purpose of Council Tax Support is to help people who are on a low income to pay their Council Tax. As with Housing Benefit, you may be eligible for help even if you are working (either on an employed or self-employed basis) because you do not need to be claiming a state benefit from the Department for Work & Pensions or The Pension, Disability and Carers Service to claim.

There are two types of benefit:

  • Main Council Tax Support: which is based on the low income of the person responsible for paying the Council Tax
  • Second adult rebate: which is based on the low income of a second adult living in the property. It compensates for the loss of the 25% Single Person Discount that is awarded when someone lives on their own

For the purposes of Second Adult Rebate, a second adult is someone other than the customer's partner, a joint owner or tenant, or a boarder, lodger or sub-tenant. There can be more than one 'second adult' in the property, but the person liable to pay the Council Tax must apply for Second Adult Rebate (by completing a claim form) and supply the income and capital details of the second adult(s).

How to claim

Council Tax Support Scheme for 2015/16

From 1st April 2013 the national scheme for Council Tax Benefit for working-age customers was abolished and each Council is able to design its own Council Tax Support Scheme.

For 2015/16 the Members of Worthing Borough Council decided that the amount of Council Tax taken into account in the calculation of entitlement to Council Tax Support should be reduced by £5.00 per week for all working age customers.

This means that the benefit award for all working age customers will be reduced by £5.00 per week and that customers will be asked to pay at least this amount of Council Tax (how to pay Council Tax). Customers who are pensioners are not affected by this change.

If this change will cause hardship, discretionary help is available through a Discretionary Council Tax Payment.

The policy for Council Tax Support for 2015/16 is available below.

Council Tax Support scheme 2013/14 and 2014/15

From 1st April 2013 the national scheme for Council Tax Benefit for working-age customers was abolished and each Council is able to design its own Council Tax Support Scheme.

The Members (Councillors) of Worthing Borough Council decided that, as far as possible, the level of support that is provided to working-age customers during 2013/14 and 2014/15 should be calculated using the same principles that were used during 2012/13.

The policy for Council Tax Support for 2013/14 and 2014/15 is available below.

Council Tax Support scheme policies

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Other Benefits

Other benefits may be available to you, please check the benefits and financial support information on the gov.uk website.

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