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Universal Credit has started to replace Housing Benefit for most working-age claimants. This means if you need help with your rent and you are below pensionable age you will now need to claim Universal Credit instead of Housing Benefit.

There are some exceptions to this – please visit the GOV.UK website to find out if you need to claim Universal Credit instead of Housing Benefit.

Universal Credit is administered by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) and not St Albans City & District Council.

Household Support Scheme. 

St Albans City and District Council have been allocated some more funds from the The Department for Work and Pension's 'Household Support Scheme'. Some of this money has now been passed to third party organisations who work with vulnerable residents and some money will be distributed to households that the Council identify as being in need. The Household Support Scheme is designed to help people with things like food and utility bills. Residents are not currently able to apply directly to the Household Support Fund. However, if you need help or support you can contact Hertshelp on 0300 123 4044 who may be able to assist. 

Click the button on the right for more information. 

Housing Benefit

If you are of pension age you need to claim Housing Benefit by applying to us

Help with your rent

Council Tax

If you need help with your Council Tax, you will need to claim Council Tax Support from us.

Council Tax Support

Benefit fraud

Benefit fraud is taking public money that could be spent on other vital services and can affect how much Council Tax you have to pay. Help us tackle this – if you suspect benefit fraud report it online at the GOV.UK or by phone on 0800 854 4400 (Monday to Friday, between 8am and 6pm).

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