The two main types of benefit you can receive are council tax support and housing benefit.

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.

Benefit calculator

Please use our online benefits calculator to see which benefits you may be entitled to before completing a claim form. The online calculator covers all benefits including Universal Credit.

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

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

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