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.
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. For more wide-ranging advice regarding your finances, you may find this Money Navigator Tool helpful.
Before you apply for Housing Benefit, you need to check your eligibility. If you (or your partner) are of working age, you may need to claim for Universal Credit instead to help with your rent.