Applying for benefit

Due to circumstances beyond our control online benefit applications are currently unavailable. We are working to resolve the issue and apologise for any inconvenience caused

If you are of working age and single in most cases you will no longer be able to claim Housing Benefit and you will need to claim Universal Credit instead.

If you already claim Universal Credit and require help with your council tax you will need to claim Council Tax Reduction through Chichester District Council.

To make an application for Housing Benefit and/or Council Tax Reduction please use our online form. You will need your national insurance number and most recent council tax bill to hand.


Please note this service will be unavailable between 08:00 and14:00 on Sunday 10th December 2017

Claiming online is the fastest and most efficient way of claiming.

You can upload supporting documents, including scanned copies or photographs, with your form to enable your claim to be assessed and payment made as soon as possible.

Existing claims

If you already claim Housing Benefit and/or Council Tax Reduction and something has changed you do not need to make a new claim. Tell us about a change online and we will amend your benefit for you.