Find out about benefits and help with council tax if you are affected by the Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Debt Support

If you live in the borough and are concerned about the impact of Coronavirus on your finances, use the links below to find out what help is available.

Help and advice about housing benefit

Apply for Council Tax Support

For more advice email us at


Universal Credit

If you are unable to work due to contracting coronavirus, are self- isolating, or your working hours are reduced and this has affected your income, you can make a claim for Universal Credit.

View how to claim Universal Credit to see step by step information on making a claim.

If Universal Credit is awarded and you find that your full housing costs (rent) aren't being met, and you are struggling to pay the rent shortfall, you can also apply for a Discretionary Housing Payment. 

Find out about Discretionary Housing Payments


Council Tax

If you recieve Council Tax Support and are still experiencing financial difficulty, you may also qualify for a council tax support hardship payment.

Apply for council tax hardship payment*

*this opens a PDF form, if you are unable to access this please contact us at

You can also spread your council tax payments over 12 months, find out more at Ways to pay your council tax or email us at