Our Council Tax, Housing and Council Tax benefits and Business rates services are run by Anglia Revenues Partnership (ARP) on behalf of St Edmundsbury Borough Council.
Housing and Council Tax Benefits are administered by your local council to help you to meet the cost of your rent and/or Council Tax. They are paid to people who are liable to pay rent, to social landlords and/or Council Tax, (the person whose name is on the bill) and who have a low income, whether they are working or not.
Housing and Council Tax support is means tested, so we will need to know about all of your income and capital in order to see if you are entitled. If you have to pay rent and/or Council Tax and your income is low, you can claim, regardless of whether you are retired, unemployed, or in full or part-time work. If you have over £16,000 capital, including property and investments you will not be entitled to any help, unless you receive the guarantee element of Pension Credit.
The Government's welfare reform programme has recently changed the type of support available. Previously, the Government funded all Council Tax Benefit. From 1 April 2013 it will cut the amount by 10% and every council must decide its own Localised Council Tax Support Scheme to set how much discount people get.
From 1 April 2013 the Government will only pay Housing Benefit on the appropriate number and occupation of bedrooms.
Anglia Revenues Partnership (ARP) runs this service on behalf of St Edmundsbury Borough Council. The Anglia Revenues Partnership (ARP) is currently made up of Revenues Services for Breckland Council, East Cambs District Council, Forest Heath District Council and St Edmundsbury Borough Council, who are working together to provide a quality Council Tax, Business Rates and Benefits Service for all our residents.
You can still see someone about your query in person at our Bury St Edmunds and Haverhill Offices.
For more information about these services visit: Anglia Revenues Partnership - housing and Council Tax benefits