IMPORTANT INFORMATION: Council Tax
*******IMPORTANT INFORMATION from the Union of UEA Students regarding Council Tax ******
In the last few weeks you may have received a Council Tax bill from Norwich City Council. If you are not graduating this year, you just need to make the Council aware that you are continuing as a student. If you are graduating this year, you are liable for Council Tax between the date when you stop being a student (i.e. the end date on your exemption certificate) and the end of your tenancy.
We have tried to negotiate with Norwich City Council to extend the period of exemption up to the end of June but unfortunately the Council were not able to do this.
Also, the bill you have been sent may be for an entire year (2012-13), and is therefore far greater than the amount you have to pay.
We can therefore offer you the following advice with regards to making sure you only pay the correct amount:
- Make sure the council knows what the end date of your tenancy is. This means they can adjust the amount that you pay so you only have to pay until the end of your tenancy. You call on 0344 980 3333 - option 2, email firstname.lastname@example.org or write to them at: Council Tax Department, Norwich City Council, City Hall, Norwich NR2 1NH
- If you are on a low income you can apply for Council Tax Benefit, you can find out more about this here ; or you can pick up a Council Tax benefit claim form from the Union Advice Centre.
The amount you are liable for should be between approximately £75 and £100, depending on the size of the property. If you are the only final year student and therefore the only person paying Council Tax for the period after June 8th, you will be eligible for a 25% discount, and when you contact the Council you should advise them of this.
If you’d like any more help you can contact the Union Advice Centre.