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*Please note* We are improving our online claim forms. These improvements will enable you to upload evidence in the form when making new applications and reporting changes in circumstances. The new forms will be available from Tuesday 1st December 2020. If you start a form before this date, please make sure that you SUBMIT your form by 30th November 2020 otherwise it will not be processed and you will need to apply again.

Area (press to sort)Update
Universal Credit The Government has issued advice on Coronavirus and claiming benefits
Council Tax Support You may have become eligible for Council Tax Support (which has been increased)
Essential Living Fund Applications to our essential food & goods vouchers scheme do not currently require a bank statement
Housing Benefit Extra help has also been introduced for Housing Benefits, for which payments are being paid as normal.
Self employed and businesses If you run a business or are self employed a number of initiatives to support you have been put in place.
Test and Trace Support Payments The government have announced a new Covid support package to support and enforce residents to self-isolate.

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Whilst we try and support as many people as we can at this difficult time can we kindly request that you only contact us by telephone with emergencies or Essential Living Fund applications at this time.

Here are current service updates during the Coronavirus outbreak. For all the council's wider Coronavirus updates, press here.