Help if you have been asked to self-isolate

If you have been told by the NHS to self-isolate and are unable to work, you may be eligible for help under the Test and Trace Payment Support Scheme.

Help with your bills or rent

You can  apply for Universal Credit if your earnings have changed because of covid-19 and you are unable to pay your bills or rent.

You can apply for universal credit if:

  • you are working less hours; or,
  • you are self-employed and are not earning the same as you could before covid-19


We also offer support to those who cannot afford to heat their homes. The council's dedicated Home Energy service can give free advice to help people reduce their energy bills and can signpost to financial support schemes they may be eligible for. Find out more about our Home Energy Service by visiting our wellbeing website.
 

Changes in your income

If you recieve Housing Benefit, a Council Tax Reduction, or any other benefit please make sure that you tell us of any changes to your income.

Discretionary housing payments

If you already receive housing costs element of universal credit or housing benefit, but are still unable to meet the cost of your rent, you might be eligible for a discretionary housing payment.

Help with your mortgage

The Government can offer  help towards the interest payments on your mortgage  and some other loans. Alternatively, you could speak to your mortgage or loan provider and ask them about payment holidays.

Help with paying your council tax

If you are struggling with the cost of your council tax we encourage you to get in touch with us to discuss your account so that we can try and work out how we can help you. Please visit our Council tax payment difficulties page, or contact taxation@chichester.gov.uk and arrange for an officer to contact you.

You may be eligible for Council Tax Reduction. Please view our benefits calculator or make an application for benefits.

We are also offering additional discretionary council tax support as a result of COVID-19.

What are you entitled to?

To find out what you might be able to claim for, please visit the  Entitledto benefit calculator and enter your details. You will then receive an estimate of your entitlement to benefits, tax credits and Universal Credit.

Help with the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS)

The government has put in place a set of measures to help self-employed people (or those in a partnership) affected by covid-19 called. This is called the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme . Residents can enter their details and check what financial support they may be entitled to.

Help with food, energy bills and other essentials

Help with debt

Chichester Distric Council is committed to supporting our customers who experience money worries. We are doing all we can to help our customers, and we recognise there may be other debts that you need help and advice with. If you are worried about debts or missed payments, there is free and independent debt advice available. The government sponsored Money advice service  can help you find support, including a money navigator tool. This tool provides guidance and support for customers whose income have been impacted by Coronavirus.