Assistance towards your rent costs or council tax if your circumstances have changed during the Coronavirus pandemic and your income has reduced.

Household Support Fund

We have received additional funding from East Sussex County Council through the Department for Work and Pension’s Household Support Fund (HSF).  This limited funding has been made available to support households in the most need with food, energy and water bills.  This fund will close on 30th September 2022 or when the fund has been exhausted, whichever is sooner.

There is a scheme for Working Age people and a scheme for Pension Age people. Both, if eligible can apply for Food vouchers and an Energy payment.

Applications will start to be processed from Monday 6 June and will be assessed in the order they are received. Please do not chase the outcome of your application or payment until at least 14 working days has passed from this date or the date the application was submitted if later.

Support for Vulnerable Renters

This scheme is now closed.

Extra help with the cost of your rent this winter

The money is designed to help renters who have fallen behind with their rent due to Covid19 so they can avoid eviction or find a new home in order to prevent homelessness.

Universal Credit

You can also find out more about what you’ll get, or use their benefits calculator for an estimate of your possible Universal Credit entitlement.

If you are pension age, we may be able to assist with you with rental cost in the form of Housing Benefit – Apply for housing benefit.

Additional help towards your rent cost

If you are already in receipt of Housing Benefit or Universal Credit, Rother may be able to award short time additional assistance towards your rent costs in the form Discretionary Housing Payments. 

Find out more about the scheme or apply for Discretionary Housing Payments.  

Council Tax Reduction

You may wish to apply for Council Tax Reduction to reduce the amount of Council Tax you are required to pay. The most a working age customer could be entitled to is a discount of 80%, the discount you are entitled to is based on your household income.

Read more about help paying council tax.

Exceptional Hardship Scheme – additional help for Council Tax

Rother District Council have an Exceptional Hardship scheme to ensure there is a level of protection and support  available to those applicants most in need. The Exceptional Hardship Fund is intended to help in cases of extreme financial hardship only.  There is no statutory right to payments from the fund as its operation will be at the total discretion of the council.  All applicants will be expected to engage with the council and undertake the full application process. Failure to do so will inevitably mean that no payment will be made. Claim for support from the Exceptional Hardship Scheme.

UK Government information for those in need of financial assistance

The UK Government announced a huge support package to help those who are affected financially by the Coronavirus pandemic. 

You can find full information here

They also announced:

Protection from eviction for those who rent

Three month mortgage payment holidays

You may also find some useful Coronavirus related information on the Martin Lewis Money Saving Expert website