You can use this application form to make a claim for discretionary assistance with your rent and/or your Council Tax.
The Council has a limited amount of money that can be used to help residents in receipt of Housing Benefit or Universal Credit who need additional help with their rent or any resident in receipt of Council Tax Support who is affected by the changes to how we calculate Council Tax Support.
The schemes are not part of the benefits legislation. All awards are made at the Council's discretion. To be eligible for a discretionary housing payment, you will need to show that you receive Housing Benefit or the housing element of Universal Credit and that your circumstances are exceptional.
To be eligible for the Council Tax Hardship Fund, you will need to show that you have been affected by the changes to how we calculate Council Tax Support and that you are not able to afford the amount that you now need to pay.
Awards can range from one off payments to regular monthly payments for a period of no more than twelve months. They cannot be relied upon to solve long term shortfalls in benefit. If you require help with rent and Council Tax, you will need to make two separate applications.
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