Extra help with housing and council tax costs

COVID19 update

Due to the current Coronavirus pandemic we have very limited capacity to deal with discretionary housing payment applications. We are currently dealing with applications already received but are unable to accept any new applications until further notice.

If you are worried that you are unable to pay all of your rent, please be aware that the government are putting legislation in place to prevent evictions at this time

You are still advised to pay as much as possible and as often as you can towards your rent, rather than paying nothing. Along with utilities and essential groceries and medicines, rent is a priority that should be paid before anything else. 

You can find information regarding employment and financial support, including what benefits you may be entitled to, as well as other important information regarding Coronavirus on the Government website.

If you are concerned about the security of your tenancy or for further information regarding housing issues visit the Housing Options page.

Extra help

If the amount of Housing Benefit or the housing costs element of your Universal Credit you receive does not cover your full rent you may be able to apply for a Discretionary Housing Payment (DHP) to help you pay the shortfall.

If you need extra help towards your council tax you may qualify for a Council Tax Discretionary Discount.

You will need to complete an online application form and we will look at your personal and financial circumstances.

For example:

  • Your income
  • Whether you have any savings
  • Whether anyone else in the house is able to help you pay your rent
  • Whether you have any loans or debts still to pay
  • Whether you could manage your money better to ease the situation
  • Whether you or your family are ill or disabled

If when we look at your application we need more information from you we will let you know.

Payment policies

Blackpools benefit service has a discretionary housing payment policy that provides further information regarding who the scheme has been designed to offer extra financial support to.

You can request this by emailing discretionarysupport@blackpool.gov.uk

For more information about a Council tax discretionary discount please read Blackpool Council's policy document [PDF 721 KB]