Benefits system upgrade

We have completed the benefits system upgrade but there may still be some delays whilst we process our backlog of requests. Find out about the upgrade and what may have changed for you.

Help to pay your rent

If you are not working, or are on a low income, there are benefits you could get to help with the costs of where you live.

Benefits to help pay your rent

If you need help to pay your rent, you can apply for:

Extra help to pay your housing costs

If you already claim Housing Benefit or Universal Credit but need extra help to pay your rent or Council Tax, you can apply for:

  • a Discretionary Housing Payment (DHP)
  • a discretionary award
Apply now

If you are having financial difficulties and need help to pay your Council Tax, you can also find out how to get a Council Tax reduction.