Applying for benefit

From the 01/01/2018, people requiring help with paying their rent will have to make new claims for Housing Benefit rather than Universal Credit. This is expected to be the case until July 2018 when the Universal Credit service will be fully rolled out in the Chichester area.

If you already claim Universal Credit and require help with your council tax you will need to claim Council Tax Reduction through Chichester District Council.

To make an application for Housing Benefit and/or Council Tax Reduction please use our online form. You will need your national insurance number and most recent council tax bill to hand.

Claiming online is the fastest and most efficient way of claiming.

You can upload supporting documents, including scanned copies or photographs, with your form to enable your claim to be assessed and payment made as soon as possible.

Existing claims

If you already claim Housing Benefit and/or Council Tax Reduction and something has changed you do not need to make a new claim. Tell us about a change online and we will amend your benefit for you.