There is financial support available for older people who live in the home they own to help with rates payments.
Can I claim it?
You will automatically get help with your rates payments, if you are entitled to:
- Pension Guarantee Credit
- Income Support
- Income-based Jobseekers Allowance (not contributions based)
- Income-related employment and support allowance (not contributions based)
If you own and live in your own home but are on a low income, you may also get help with rates but you will have to go through a means test rather than automatically receive the entitlement. There is an Upper Savings Limit of £50,000 and a lower of £10,000, of which £1.00 is added to assessed income for every £500 or part thereof over £10,000.
How do I claim?
Telephone the Land and Property Services - Rating Division helpline to request a rate rebate form on 0845 300 6360 or textphone 0845 300 6361.
Free benefit check
If you, or an older person you know needs advice, information or practical support on a wide range of issues including welfare benefits, community care, housing and health, contact the Age NI Advice Service on Freephone 0808 808 7575 to speak to a specialist advisor in confidence. Our advisors can provide a free benefit check to ensure that older people are accessing the benefits they are entitled to.