Essex moved to Tier 2 restrictions on Saturday 17 October. You can find out what this means and get other useful information on our coronavirus updates page.
If your income has been affected by coronavirus and you need help with your rent or paying your Council Tax, we want to provide you with some information to help you at this difficult and uncertain time. You can read more on our coronavirus updates page. You should also be aware of coronavirus scams. For more wide-ranging advice regarding your finances, you may find this Money Navigator Tool helpful.
If you (or your partner) are of working age, you may not be able to make a new claim for Housing Benefit. Instead, you will need to apply for Universal Credit to help pay your rent.
You can find out whether you need to claim Housing Benefit or Universal Credit.
If you are applying for Housing Benefit and Council Tax Reduction at the same time, you only need to fill in the application form once.
We can only discuss your benefit claim with you, or with someone who has authority to discuss.
Once you have made your application, you will need to submit your evidence.
Choose option 1 and then option 1 again