We now live in a Universal Credit area. If you claim Universal Credit and have to pay council tax, did you know you will have to make a separate claim for Council Tax Support?

If you are currently responsible for paying rent and council tax at your property, your housing costs will be included in your single monthly Universal Credit payment. However, you will need to make a separate application for your Council Tax Support from Manchester City Council.

If you do not put in a claim for Council Tax Support when you claim Universal Credit, you may end up with arrears of council tax and it may be difficult to get back those benefit payments that are owed to you. If you don’t keep up with your council tax payments, this could even lead to a court summons, legal fees and Bailiffs. You can claim Council Tax Support using the online claim form on Manchester City Council’s website.

Below is an example of a claim in full, to show just how simple it is:

If you do not have access to Wi-Fi, feel free to call into our offices where we have computers for you to use to make the claim (more here).