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

Rental Assistance

If you are classed as working age you can apply for rental assistance towards your housing costs from Universal Credit.

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