Change of circumstances

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Your entitlement to a Council Tax Reduction is based on the information on your application form. The amount of reduction might change if your circumstances change.

You must tell us, in writing, about changes in your circumstances within 21 days. If you do not tell us about these changes promptly you might be liable to a penalty or prosecution. You may also have a change which increases the amount of Council Tax Reduction you are entitled to.

Changes you must tell us about

This depends on whether you get Pension Credit.

If you get only the Guarantee Credit part of Pension Credit you only need to tell us about the following:

  • Any change concerning any non-dependant who lives with you. This includes a change to a non-dependant's income. A non-dependant is usually someone age 18 or over, such as an adult son.
  • If you are likely to be away from home for longer than thirteen weeks.
  • If you move address.
  • If you stop receiving Pension Credit.

If you get only the Savings Credit part of Pension Credit you must tell us, in addition to those changes listed above, about the following:

  • Changes concerning dependent children.
  • Changes to any Child Tax credit that you receive
  • Your capital goes above £16,000
  • If the income, or capital; of any partner not included in your Pension Credit claim changes.
  • Changes in the number if people who live with you
  • If you move address
  • If you stop receiving Pension Credit.

If you do not receive Pension Credit you must tell us about the following:

  • If you stop, or any member of your household stops recovering income based Jobseekers' Allowance.
  • If your or a partner's income or capital changes (including income from other state benefits)
  • If you move address
  • When you go, or a partner, goes into hospital
  • The birth of a child
  • When a dependant leaves school
  • If any person leaves or joins your household
  • A change relating to any non-dependant who lives with you, including a change in their income. A non-dependant is usually someone age 18 or over, such as an adult son.

To tell us about a change, please complete a change of circumstances form.

Further information

If you are unsure whether to tell us about a change, please email us. Alternatively, you can contact the office on 01732 876376.

After you have told us about a change we will write to you and tell you if the change has affected your Council Tax Reduction, and, if so, by how much. If you have not heard from us within two weeks of telling us about the change, then you should contact the office as above.