Housing benefit is a government scheme to help people pay their housing costs. If you are a council tenant and on a low income you may be entitled to benefit.
From April 2013 the government, as part of its Welfare Reforms, introduced some changes to the amount of housing benefit that can be paid to tenants in council accommodation or housing association accommodation. For more information on Welfare Reforms please visit our page.
Council Tax support
Council Tax Support (previously Council Tax Benefit) is a new local scheme to help you pay your Council Tax. If you would like more information or to see if you qualify for any discount please visit our help with your Council Tax page.
Discretionary Housing Payments (DHPs)
Discretionary Housing Payments (DHPs) are normally intended as short term assistance while you find solutions to your financial situation. The benefits team will consider your application, for more information please visit our Discretionary Housing Payments page or contact the benefits team on 01395 517446.