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Advice, Benefits and Council Tax

What benefits are available?

We may be able to help you pay your Council Tax bill or rent.

Sometimes we can also help you if you need help with moving costs or need basic household furniture or items.

Council Tax Reduction

Council Tax Reduction can help you pay your Council Tax bill if you are on a low income or claiming other benefits.

Housing Benefit

Housing Benefit can help you pay your rent if you are on a low income or claiming other benefits.

Second Adult Rebate

This is now known as Alternative Maximum Assistance. It can help to pay your Council Tax bill when other people who live with you are on a low income or claim benefits.

This was previously known as second adult rebate

Apply for Housing Benefit, Second Adult Rebate and Council Tax Reduction

Apply for benefit using our online form. It is designed to only ask the questions that relate to your circumstances and will tell you the information that you need to provide.

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If you apply for benefits before you move into a property you can email us at to tell us when you have actually moved in.

Will I qualify for benefit?

For more Information on these benefits or to find out if you qualify please visit our will I qualify for benefits page.

Discretionary Housing Payments

Discretionary Housing Payments (DHP) may be made where other benefits in payment do not cover your rent. In some cases we can make payments for rent deposits or advance rental payments, removal costs or to clear rent arrears.

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Discretionary Support Payments

This scheme has now ended and has been replaced by the Assisted Purchased Scheme.

Assisted Purchase Scheme

The Assisted Purchase Scheme provides help to buy essential household items.

Free School Meals

If you receive benefits and apply for free school meals for your children they may get other help too.


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Blue Badge Scheme

The Blue Badge Scheme is a national scheme that helps you to park closer to your destination.


Concessionary Travel gives free off-peak local bus travel to help people with certain disabilities and people who are of State Pensionable Age.

Other benefits

Not all benefits are administered by the Council. For information about other benefits, including Jobseeker's Allowance and Child Benefit, please visit the GOV.UK website.

Find out about the evidence you will need to provide

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