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  • What will happen if I have been overpaid?

    If you have been overpaid, the benefit office will work out how much you should have been getting. They will work out how much you were overpaid by and they will ask you to pay back the extra money you received. The benefit office will also decide whether you need to pay a ci...

  • What should I do if I think I have been overpaid?

    If you think you are being paid too much benefit you should tell the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) straight away. This is because the longer you leave it the more money you will have to pay back.  If you aren’t sure if you are being paid too much benefit, you should ...

  • What is an overpayment under the Universal Credit system?

    An overpayment under the Universal Credit system is an overpayment of Universal Credit, New Style Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA) or New Style Employment and Support Allowance (ESA). An overpayment means that you have been paid more benefit than you were entitled to. This can hap...

  • Carers

    If you are a carer and you live in the same property as the person you care for, you might be able to get a discount on Council Tax. You will need to provide more than 35 hours per week care. The person you care for needs to be getting one of these benefits: •    Disability ...

  • People with Disabilities

    People who need a larger house because of their disabilities or the disabilities of a member of their family can apply to their Council for the Disabled Band Reduction scheme. If you qualify for this, you will be charged Council Tax at a lower rate.  You will need to show...

  • Students

    Full time students do not have to pay Council Tax. For Council Tax discounts, full time students are people on a course that: Lasts at least one year, and Means you are supposed to spend at least 21 hours per week studying Or people who are under 20 and on a course that: Lead...

  • Single Person Discount

    If you are the only adult who lives in your home, you can get a 25% discount on your Council Tax bill. You will need to tell your council that you are the only adult living in your home and apply for the discount. Your income and savings won’t affect this discount. Some peopl...

  • What is a Council Tax Discount?

    Some people can get a discount on their Council Tax. Council Tax discounts don’t depend on your income or savings. Council Tax discounts depend on who lives in your home. You might be able to get Council Tax Support as well as a Council Tax Discount.   Updated: April 2019

  • Other Help for Care Leavers

    If you are a care leaver, you can continue getting help from social services in some cases until the age of 25. If you are in need of help, get in touch with social services to find out what support they can offer. Updated: April 2019

  • Can I Claim Benefits if I am a Care Leaver?

    If you are a care leaver aged under 18, even if you would otherwise meet all the qualifying conditions for the benefit, you will not be able to claim:Income Supportincome-based Jobseeker’s AllowanceHousing Benefit (HB England, Scotland and Wales)/(HB Northern Ireland)Universa...