If you are unemployed or on a low income you may be able to claim benefits. Housing Benefit can help towards your rent. Council Tax Support can help you pay your Council Tax bill. With the introduction of Universal Credit, Housing Benefit is no longer available to all residents, depending on your circumstances you might need to claim Universal Credit instead.

A bank can't take a Test and Trace payment to pay the overdraft if you have exercised your first right of appropriation. This applies to any benefit or payment, banks are not allowed to use housing benefit or any other benefit to repay an overdraft.
Universal Credit replaces six existing benefits with a single monthly payment and is administered by the Department for Work and Pensions. Universal Credit is a single monthly payment for people out of work or on a low income.
Our current Council Tax Support scheme.
You will need to provide proof of all income you receive when you apply for Housing Benefit.
If you and/or your partner have combined savings of over £16,000, we will not pay Housing Benefit or Council Tax Support. If you receive Pension Credit Guarantee this rule does not apply.
Adult children or other relatives or friends who live in your home as part of your household are called 'non-dependants'. This does not include boarders, sub-tenants and joint occupiers.
If you currently receive Housing Benefit or Council Tax Support, you need to tell us straight away about any change that could affect how much benefit you get.
We need to see evidence of your identity, income and capital when you make a claim for benefits. We also need to see proof of your rent liability for Housing Benefit claims (unless you are a council tenant).