Benefits (council tax and housing)
If you are having trouble paying your council tax or rent, you may be able to apply to our benefits team for help. For information and to apply see:
A number of changes to the current Housing Benefit, Council Tax Benefit and Council Tax schemes come in to effect from 1 April 2013, for more information see:
Discretionary Housing Payments
In some circumstances the council may be able to award people suffering exceptional hardship an additional payment to help with additional housing costs. These are known as Discretionary Housing Payments. These are not payments of housing benefits; they are awarded on a case-by-case basis for help with housing costs.
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Leisure centre discount
If you are entitled to benefits you may be eligible for a discount at your local leisure centre. You can visit the Nexus Community website for more information.
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