Council Tax, benefits and financial support
There are a number of packages providing support for individuals facing hardship due to the pandemic.
The government website has more information on the rules for self-isolation.
Help for those on low incomes who need to self-isolate
Recognising that self-isolation is one of the most powerful tools for controlling the transmission of Covid-19, the government has announced Test and Trace Support payment of £500 to ensure that those on low incomes are able to self-isolate without worry about their finances.
Housing Benefit and Council Tax reduction
If you find yourself in financial difficulties due to the coronavirus outbreak, we may be able to help.
The government has produced this benefits checker to see all the types of help that is available to people
You may be entitled to Housing Benefit.
And you may be able to reduce the amount you pay on your council tax.
You may be entitled to Universal Credit. However, we do not administer this benefit. It is done online and through the JobCentre Plus.
You can also give our customer service team a call on 0303 123 1702 if you need any further advice.
Help for those facing being made homeless
People who are homeless – or are at risk of becoming homeless – are being reassured that the council's housing options team is continuing to do everything it can to offer support to those who need it during the coronavirus situation.
The team is working hard to continue to find suitable housing options for those who are homeless, while trying to identify people who are sleeping rough on the streets of Allerdale.
Those who require support are asked to call the housing options’ phone number 01900 702660 (or 0303 123 1702 out of hours) if possible.
Information is also available at https://www.allerdale.gov.uk/en/housing/homelessness/are-you-homeless/ or by emailling: email@example.com.
Other support and advice for individuals
The government has announced a range of support packages for individuals. This includes: