Change of address
If you claim for housing and council tax reduction and have moved within the Chichester District you need inform us.
If you are having difficulty meeting your rent payments and/or council tax liability, you can apply for discretionary payments.
Please note that the conditions for these payments vary.
The Discretionary Housing Payment fund is available to help people with their housing costs. They are only awarded to individuals with exceptional financial circumstances.
The fund has a limited budget and payments are awarded as a short term measure to help claimants in difficult circumstances. If the limit of the fund is reached all awards will be withdrawn.
Generally housing costs means rental liability; however housing costs can be interpreted more widely to include:
- Rent in advance
- Other lump sum costs associated with housing need such as removal costs
These payments are made in addition to Housing Benefit and you must be getting Housing Benefit or Universal Credit in order to receive a Discretionary Housing Payment.
Discretionary Council Tax Reduction (DCTR) form
Discretionary Council Tax Reduction is available to assist people in the following groups who are financially vulnerable and struggling to pay their Council Tax. To be considered for this support you must make an application for Council Tax Reduction and be in one of the following groups:
- On the Universal Credit banded Council Tax Reduction scheme, suffering financial hardship and/or disadvantaged by the banded scheme in comparison to the means test or legacy benefits.
- Have had an award adjustment on your Council Tax Reduction claim and are unable to meet the increased Council Tax due.
- A care leaver in need of additional Council Tax Reduction to help transition into adulthood.
- All households in receipt of Council Tax Reduction will automatically receive up to an additional £25 for 2023-24. This will be applied to all eligible accounts in receipt of Council tax Reduction on 1 April 2023. This will be part of our annual billing process and for all new awards of Council Tax Reduction throughout the billing year. This award will appear on bills as Cost of Living Support 2023/24. Households can apply for a further discretionary award to pay Council Tax if they:
- are financially vulnerable to the rising cost of council tax; and,
- are able to demonstrate that they do not have the means to meet the cost of Council Tax themselves. We expect that most customers eligible for this support will be working with our Supporting You Team, however households can make an application independently using the form.
How to make an application
When you make an application, please include the following:
- Explain why you are finding it difficult to meet the cost of your Council Tax
- Give details of any steps you have taken to try and help yourself, such as seeking debt or budgeting advice.
You will also need to tell us about your income and outgoings, giving us as much detail as possible will help us get a fuller picture of your financial position and determine the amount of support that you need.
Housing Benefit and Council Tax Reduction form
Council Tax Reduction provides assistance with the payment of council tax to those who are on a low income.
Second Adult Rebate (pensionable age applicants only)
Second Adult Rebate is another way for you to receive help with paying your council tax.
You can claim Second Adult Rebate if you are of pensionable age, you pay council tax and live with someone over 18 who:
- is not paying you rent;
- does not have to pay council tax;
- is not your spouse or partner; or
- are on a low income
If you would like to check whether you are eligible for this, please contact the Benefits team on (01243) 534509.