Council Tax Support Fund 2023-24
In spring 2023, the government announced a Council Tax Support Fund to reduce the amount of Council Tax owed by residents who are also in receipt of Council Tax Support. Residents are eligible for this support if they are in receipt of Council Tax Support but pay some level of Council Tax.
These payments were for up to £25 per person. The total value of Council Tax Support and the hardship payment cannot be larger than the Council Tax bill. These payments were credited to Council Tax accounts in March 2023 and shown on the 2023-24 bills.
As part of Lambeth Council’s response to the cost of living, the council has decided to increase the reduction by up to £70, rather than up to £25.
There is no need to claim this extra amount. If you are entitled to the additional credit, we will identify you and credit your Council Tax account with the new amount. You will receive a revised Council Tax bill and a letter telling you that you have been awarded a Council Tax Support Hardship Payment.
If you have already received a £25 credit, this will be removed and replaced with a payment up to £70 in value.
Apply for financial help to pay your Council Tax
If you receive Council Tax Support you pay less, or sometimes no, Council Tax. You can apply if you’re:
- on a low income and paying Council Tax
- are living in the property as your main home
- have less than £10,000 in savings, or £16,000 if you're a pensioner.
If you've made a claim for Universal Credit you also need to apply to us for Council Tax Support.
Lambeth's Council Tax Support scheme has changed from April 2022. The scheme is more generous than before, so you may now be eligible for support, even if you were not eligible before.
Apply using mylambeth
If you apply for Council Tax Support in mylambeth you'll be able to stay up to date with your application and:
- track the status of your claim
- see how much you can claim
- report a change in circumstances
Apply without using mylambeth
You can apply using our Council Tax Support claim form if you do not want to use mylambeth. You will not be able to check for updates on your application.
Evidence for your claim
We need evidence of your income and savings so we can deal with your claim correctly and promptly. You should aim to provide the evidence within a few days of making your claim whenever possible.
We’ll tell you which documents we need when you apply. You'll be able to upload them in the form or come back to the form later when you have them.
Other ways we can help you
Find other ways to get help paying your Council Tax bill.