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Additional financial help

Discretionary crisis support scheme

Are you experiencing a crisis, and need emergency help with food, fuel, and essential living expenses? Perhaps our discretionary crisis support scheme could help.

Discretionary housing payments

If your rent is not met in full by housing benefit and you are temporarily finding it difficult to pay your rent, you can can apply for extra help in the form of discretionary housing payments.

Council tax reduction discretionary hardship scheme

If you are receiving council tax reduction but are still struggling to pay the remaining 17%, you may qualify for help through the council tax discretionary hardship scheme.

Additional advice on benefits, debt, money, and housing

See our money matters and advice area for a list of advice centres in Hackney that are publicly funded and offer free community legal advice services. Contact them to find out what help is potentially available.

Page updated on: 5 June 2019

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