East Lothian Council

Council tax

Help with financial difficulties

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We will try to assist you wherever possible if you are having difficulty paying your council tax.  We also want to make sure that you are receiving any discount, exemption or council tax reduction scheme award you may be entitled to (previously council tax benefit). 

If you would like more information about council tax discounts and exemptions, please contact our council tax team.

If you would like more information about housing benefit or the council tax reduction scheme (previously council tax benefit), please contact our benefits team

Managing debt

If you are dealing with debt, our debt management advisers can offer free and confidential help and support.  To find out more, visit our managing debt section.

Important information about Universal Credit

From 23rd March 2016, Universal Credit has been extended in East Lothian to include ALL new claimants of working age.

If you are of working age and were intending to make a new claim for housing benefit, you may now be required to claim help towards your housing costs as part of your Universal Credit claim.

You will NOT be able to claim for help with your council tax as part of your Universal Credit claim.  You MUST make a separate claim to East Lothian Council for this.

You can make a claim for council tax reduction online.

East Lothian Council, PO Box 13251, Haddington, EH41 3HA

Telephone: 01875 824314

Help us to reduce paper and costs and receive your council tax bills by email.

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Benefits are changing. Find out how this may affect you on our Welfare Reform information and advice pages.

East Lothian Council, John Muir House Brewery Park Haddington East Lothian EH41 3HA.