Both housing benefit and council tax benefit are means tested benefits. The calculation takes account of the claimant's income, savings, capital, the number of residents in the household and their personal and financial circumstances. The calculation also includes the amount of any rent and/or council tax payable. You may qualify for up to 100 per cent housing and council tax benefit.
For claims made now some claimants will qualify for Local Housing Allowance which does not take account of the actual rent payable. For further information please go to the Local Housing Allowance page.
- Council Tax Support
This page provides information about the new Council Tax Support scheme for Oadby and Wigston Borough Council. The scheme has been approved by local members and comes into effect from 1 April 2013.
- Council Tax Support Scheme
The page provides details of the Council Tax Support Scheme which comes into effect from 1st April 2013. The scheme is based upon the Government's scheme, called the default scheme. This web page also includes summarised details of approved changes to the default scheme.
- Discretionary Council Tax Support
This page provides information about discretionary support that can be claimed to help people pay their Council Tax. The funding for this support is provided jointly by the County Council, Fire, Police and Oadby and Wigston Borough Council.
- Housing benefit - backdating claims
This page gives information on whether housing benefit and council tax support can be backdated to a date earlier than when you submitted your benefit application form.
- Discretionary Payments
This page contains details about Discretionary Housing Payments and Discretionary Council Tax Support Payments.
- Help and advice about benefits
Contact details for organisations giving help and advice on a range of benefits, including our helpline service for our residents offering advice on all types of benefits, not just those administered by us.
- Information required to claim Housing Benefit and Council Tax Support
This page deals with what information is required in order to assess a claim for housing and council tax support.
- Landlords and Agents
This page gives advice for Landlords and Agents with tenants who are claiming Housing Benefit. It also provides a leaflet to be downloaded with additional information.
- Local Housing Allowance Rates
This page gives the weekly the Local Housing Allowance rates for the current month and the previous month. These rates will be used when calculating your housing benefit.
- Housing Benefit - Changes in Circumstances
This page provides information about the importance of notifying the council regarding changes in their circumstances.