Council Tax Reduction (previously Council Tax Benefit)
Housing Benefit and Council Tax Redcution can be claimed by contacting the council.
Housing Benefit is a national welfare benefit which are administered by Local Authorities on behalf of the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).
Council Tax Reduction helps people on low incomes to pay their Council Tax.
Housing Benefit helps people on low incomes with their rent. There are two kinds of Housing Benefit:
- Rent Rebate for council tenants
- Rent Allowance for private tenants
People who are on low incomes can get help to meet the cost of their rent by applying for housing benefit.
You can be a council tenant, a tenant of a housing association, a tenant of other organisations such as WESLO, a tenant of a private landlord or a boarder or a lodger.
You don't have to be unemployed or retired to claim - anyone on a low income can claim.
For more information you can contact the council's Revenues Unit on 01506 775000 or 01506 776800 or the council's Advice Shop on 01506 776444.
In West Lothian these benefits are administered by the council's Revenues Unit.
You can also write to us at:
The Benefits Team
West Lothian Council
St David House
South Bridge Street
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Frequently Asked Questions
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Depending upon the level of the second adult's income, you may be able to claim up to 25% discount on your Council Tax.
You may be able to claim Council Tax and Housing Benefit. Contact us immediately.
A second Adult rebate on your Council Tax may give you a discount of up to 25% on your Council Tax payments. You may be able to claim Second Adult Rebate if you have non-dependants living with you who are on a low income.
If there is someone else living in your home with you, who is a non-dependant and who is on a low income, you can apply for Second Adult Rebate. You will be required to provide proof of the second adult's income.