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Council Tax Benefits

Volume 502: debated on Wednesday 16 December 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government in what circumstances homeowners with a mortgage are eligible for council tax benefit. (307081)

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Council tax benefit is a non-contributory, income-related, social security benefit that provides help to people with low incomes to pay their council tax. It is administered by local authorities. People may qualify if they are liable for council tax in respect of the home they are resident in and are aged over 18. Entitlement is based on financial circumstances and may be paid to people in or out of work. Homeowners, as well as people who rent, may be eligible on this basis.