Housing benefit, Universal Credit and council tax support
Our dedicated team will award council tax support to help with your council tax and/or housing benefit (only if you fit the criteria detailed on our housing benefit page) to help with your rent.
Frequently Asked Questions
Here are the answers to some our most frequently asked questions
Cost of living support
Help if you're struggling with the cost of living.
Use a benefits calculator to check entitlement to housing benefit (only if you fit the criteria) or council tax support.
Housing benefit helps people on low incomes who are pensioners (both members of a couple must be pensioners) or live in supported (specified) accommodation 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.
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 or need to claim help with your rent.
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 66) receives can be restricted. Those affected by the cap will be directly notified by the Department for Work and Pensions.
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.
How to report fraud
Please visit the page to find out how and where to report fraud relating to services the Council offers.
My SDC account
A quick and easy way to access council services at any time. Includes housing benefit, council tax support, council tax and business rates.