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Benefits and other Financial Support

Universal Credit, Housing Benefit, Council Tax Reduction and other financial support you may be entitled to.

Universal Credit has replaced 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. 

As part of Central Government's ongoing Household Support Fund initiative, St Albans Council has been awarded a further £55,000 from Hertfordshire County Council to distribute. This money will be used to provide supermarket / fuel vouchers and household essentials over the winter to residents who have been identified as vulnerable or in need. If you are in a crisis, you can apply directly to Hertshelp for help from the Household Support Fund. Click the button on the right for more information on how to apply.  

Warmer Places, Spaces & Hubs 

If you are struggling to heat your home, local organisations are working to provide places where people can come together for warm and safe places to stay, with various social activities. Click on the button on the right to find your nearest warm space. Further information on cost of living support is available from

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