Paying your rent if you are off sick or must self-isolate due to the Coronavirus
The Government's Welfare Benefit system is designed to support people who are unable to work due to illness or disability or who need financial support for temporary periods of absence from work due to illness.
The Government is adapting this benefit system due to the Coronavirus outbreak.
The rules about which benefit a person can claim during a period of illness can be complicated and depend on an individual's personal circumstances, their household, capital and savings and their employment history.
The following agencies can provide information and support about welfare benefits. We are also in the process of updating our website with further information.
The Department for Work and Pensions: www.gov.uk
The North East Derbyshire Citizen's Advice: Tel 0300 4568437 / www.nedcab.org.uk
Derbyshire Unemployed Worker's Centre: Tel 01246 231441 / www.duwc.org.uk
Derbyshire County Council Welfare Rights Team : tel 01629 531535 : Monday-Tuesday and Thursday-Friday 11am-4pm or email; firstname.lastname@example.org
www.turn2us.org.uk - for information and advice about welfare benefits and charitable grants
Tenants can apply for help with their Council Tax through the North East Derbyshire District Councils Council Tax Support scheme. The application form is online and can be found online at www.ne-derbyshire.gov.uk.
It is important that tenants who experience a change in circumstances which leaves them struggling to pay their rent:
- Get in touch with Rykneld Homes as soon as possible
- Access advice from support agencies to ensure that where applicable the correct benefits are applied for.