Housing benefit, Universal Credit and council tax support
Our dedicated team can help and advise on claiming housing benefit or Universal Credit to help with your rent and council tax. If you want to visit us the benefits counter will be open every weekday from 10:00am to 3:00pm. From 1st April 2019 this will exclude Wednesday.
Use a benefits calculator to check if you can are entitled to housing benefit (if you are not on universal credit) or council tax support.
Housing benefit helps people on low incomes who are pensioners, live in supported (specified) accommodation, or are in receipt of a severe disability premium (and who are not claiming Universal Credit) pay their rent. It is not available for mortgage repayments.
Council tax support
Council tax support is financial assistance available to low income households to help you pay your council tax.
Change of circumstances - benefits
Use our online form to notify us of a change in circumstances.
Where to go for advice about debt
You can get free, confidential and independent advice on dealing with debt problems in the UK by using our links.
Universal Credit (UC) is one benefit designed to replace 6 benefits with a single monthly payment if you're out of work or on a low income. Stroud is a UC full service area.
DWP benefit cap
The benefit cap forms part of the Government's welfare reforms. It means that the total amount of benefit that a person of working age (18 to 64) receives can be restricted. Those affected by the cap will be directly notified by the Department for Work and Pensions.
How to report fraud
Stroud District Council no longer has its own Fraud Officers. The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) is now responsible for investigating fraud in Housing Benefit on behalf of the Council.