Benefit forms

Backdating claim form

In certain circumstances we may be able to pay you benefit for a period before you made your claim.

Change of address

If you claim for housing and council tax reduction and have moved within the Chichester District you need inform us.

Discretionary Housing Payment form

If you are receiving Housing Benefit or Universal Credit but are still having difficulty meeting your rent payments, you may be able to get extra help from the Discretionary Housing Payment (DHP) Fund.

Housing Benefit and Council Tax Reduction form

Council Tax Reduction provides assistance with the payment of council tax to those who are on a low income.

Discretionary Housing Payment (DHP)

The Discretionary Housing Payment (DHP) scheme helps people who are getting Housing Benefit or Universal Credit but because of their circumstances need extra help with their rent.

The DHP fund has a limited budget and are awarded as a short term measure to help claimants in difficult circumstance.

 

What are Discretionary Housing Payments?

DHPs are payments to help people with their housing costs. They are only awarded to individuals with exceptional financial circumstances.

Generally housing costs means rental liability; however housing costs can be interpreted more widely to include, rent in advance, deposits and other lump sum costs associated with housing need such as removal costs. These payments are made in addition to Housing Benefit and you must be getting Housing Benefit or Universal Credit in order to receive a DHP. The DHP fund is limited, and if the limit of the fund is reached all awards will be withdrawn.

Second Adult Rebate (pensionable age applicants only)

Second Adult Rebate is another way for you to receive help with paying your council tax.

You can claim Second Adult Rebate if you are of pensionable age, you pay council tax and live with someone over 18 who:

  • is not paying you rent;
  • does not have to pay council tax;
  • is not your spouse or partner; or
  • are on a low income