Chelmsford City Council

Chelmsford, along with the rest of England, is now in lockdown until further notice. You can find out what this means and get other useful information on our coronavirus updates page.

Housing Benefit and Council Tax Reduction: Brexit

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.

As the UK has now left the EU, the rules about who can claim Housing Benefit and Council Tax Reduction have changed.

If you are a citizen of the EU, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland, you may now be subject to immigration rules.

You are eligible to claim Housing Benefit and Council Tax Reduction, if:

  • you and your family have settled status (indefinite leave to remain), or pre-settled status, or
  • you had a right to reside on 31 December 2020

If you want to continue to work, study and claim benefits in the UK after 30 June 2021, you and your family members must consider applying for settled status.

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    Last updated: 29 January 2021

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