Manchester City Council

Benefits & support How savings, investments and property affect your Housing Benefit and Council Tax Support

Capital we don't count for six months (and longer if it's reasonable)

  • Any money you get to carry out repairs or improvements to your home or money you plan to use for repairing or replacing damaged or lost belongings. If you or your partner are 60 or over, we ignore this money for one year from the date you receive it. ยท
  • Any property you have bought or inherited which you plan to live in as your home.
  • Your previous home if you are separated from your partner, from the date you left the property.
  • Any property you are trying to sell, from the date you put it up for sale.
  • Any property which must be repaired or altered before you can live in it, from the date you started getting the work done.
  • Any sum you receive from selling your previous home, which you will use to buy a new home. We can ignore it for longer if it is reasonable to do so. If you or your partner are 60 or over, we ignore this money for a year from the date you receive it.
  • Any property where you have started legal proceedings against the person living there to get possession so you can live in it, from the date you started proceedings.

This is not a full list, there are other less common examples as well.

To claim Housing Benefit and Council Tax Support or find out what you are entitled to use our online form.

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