Council tax support is a means tested benefit (income and savings are taken into consideration) which will help you to pay your council tax. Any benefit awarded is deducted from your council tax bill.
Housing benefit is also a means tested benefit which will help you pay your rent. Any benefit awarded is paid straight into your bank account or by cheque.
Test and trace support payment
Government have announced a new financial package to support and enforce self-isolation.
In some circumstances, if you are required by law to self-isolate from the 28 September 2020, you may be supported by a payment of £500, payable from Havant Borough Council.
Changes in your circumstances
You should apply straightaway if you think you are eligible for council tax support and housing benefit as it is not always possible to backdate payments.
You should also let us know immediately if your circumstances change as any overpayment must be paid back to the council.
Standards of evidence
Council tax support and housing benefit is a means tested benefit. This means that your income and savings are taken into consideration when applying.
The evidence you will need to provide is shown in our standards of evidence.
Need some support?
Citizens Advice - debt and financial advice
- phone: 0300 330 2163 (Havant, Waterlooville and Hayling Island)
- phone: 02392 717707 (for administration or ongoing cases only)
- Citizen Advice website
Havant and East Hants MIND - wellbeing support
- phone: 02392 498916
- Havant and East Hants MIND website
italk - wellbeing advice, support, and treatments
- phone: 023 8038 3920 (For those registered with a GP in the borough)
- italk website
Samaritans - confidential help to discuss concerns, worries, troubles, thoughts, and feelings
- phone: 116 123
- Samaritans website
We are required by law to protect the public funds we administer. We may share information provided to us with other bodies responsible for auditing, administering public funds, undertaking a public function and preventing and detecting fraud.
We participate in the national fraud initiative which is a data matching exercise to assist in the prevention and detection of fraud.