Coronavirus (COVID-19) - advice, information and help

Financial support for individuals

The government has announced a range of measures to support individuals who may be facing financial challenges through loss of work. These include an increase to the amount paid by Universal Credit and an uplift to the Local Housing Allowance (LHA).

Universal Credit is paid and administered by the Department for Work and Pensions. You can find advice on how to claim for the first time and details regarding the Local Housing Allowance at www.understandinguniversalcredit.gov.uk/coronavirus.

The Government announced the Household Support Grant to support families with essential needs during the winter of 2021/22. This includes the cost of food and energy. This funding is being administered by Hertfordshire County Council and details can be found at: www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/about-the-council/news/news-archive/household-support-fund-in-hertfordshire.

How the Council can help?

If you need help to pay your Council Tax you can apply for Council Tax support.

Apply for Council Tax support 

The Council will continue to support you through these difficult times and benefits claims will continue to be paid. Council Tax support requests will be processed as quickly as possible.

Financial inclusion and debt advice

Find out how you can access financial and debt advice services here.

Apply for a Test and Trace Support Payment

The Test and Trace Support Payment Scheme in England has now closed. If you were told to self-isolate before 24 February, you can still make a claim within 42 days of the first day of self-isolation and no later than 6 April. You may be able to recieve a payment of £500 if you meet all of the below conditions:

  • You are, employed or self-employed
  • You, or the child you are the parent or guardian of, has tested positive for COVID-19 or you have been told you or the child are a close contact by NHS Test and Trace
  • You cannot work from home and will lose income by self-isolating or staying at home to care for the child
  • You are not exempt from self-isolating. 

Last updated: 30 November 2020.