Benefits, grants and funding

Benefits, grants and funding

Information on benefits and grants you're entitled to and find out how to claim them.

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East Sussex County Council, in partnership with Hastings and Rother CCG, have commissioned and funded the Benefits and Debt Advice Project. The project provides free, confidential welfare benefits advice to residents of Rother, including advice on Universal Credit, all DWP benefits, housing benefit and council tax reduction. You can call on 0333 344 0681 or email Visit for further information

Rother District Council is responsible for dealing with:

  • Housing Benefit  
  • Council Tax Reduction

The Council does not deal with applications for Income Support, Jobseekers Allowance, Employment Support Allowance or Pension Credit - these are dealt with by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), your local Jobcentre and the Pension Service respectively. Applications for Child Tax Credits and Working Tax Credits are dealt with by the HM Revenue & Customs.

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Housing Benefit

In this section you will find general information, contact details and relevant housing benefit forms Find out more about Housing Benefit
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Help paying Council Tax

Information on Council Tax Reduction which is a scheme administered by the Council, which provides help towards paying your Council Tax Find out more about Help paying Council Tax
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Claim online

You can complete an online application for Housing Benefit or Council Tax Reduction. Find out more about Claim online
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Benefits calculator

How much housing benefit/council tax reduction can I get? Find out more about Benefits calculator
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Get help with benefit changes (external link)

East Sussex County Council is running a new scheme that could help you to live independently or help when you are facing a difficult situation and don't have enough money for what you need. Find out more about Get help with benefit changes (external link)
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Community Grants Scheme

Rother District Council's Community Grants Scheme supports the development of community facilities, community activities and sustainable local action. Find out more about Community Grants Scheme
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Bus passes for older and disabled people

A concessionary bus pass may be available to those over 60 years or with certain disabilities to travel free on local buses throughout East Sussex and England. Find out more about Bus passes for older and disabled people
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Local Housing Allowance

This is the name for the system of providing financial assistance to private tenants to help to meet the rental costs of their home, introduced from April 2008. Find out more about Local Housing Allowance
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Discretionary Housing Payment

The Discretionary Housing Payment (DHP) Scheme is designed to help people who need additional financial support with their housing costs. Find out more about Discretionary Housing Payment
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