Shropshire Council

Your rights and benefits

The government has relaxed the rules for some benefits to help with the effect of coronavirus.

We're offering residents whose employment or income have been adversely impacted by the coronavirus pandemic the opportunity to delay payment of council tax for two months.

If you need to claim universal credit because of coronavirus there is useful information to help you on the Understanding universal credit website.

You may also be eligible for support from our Covid-19 emergency fund. For more details on how to access this funding please take a look at the Covid-19 emergency assistance funding webpage.

Test and trace support payments

If you're on a low income you may be entitled to a test and trace support payment of £500. Find out more from our benefits pages.

Council Tax Hardship Fund

In order to assist with the effects of Covid-19, the government has pledged £500m in new grant funding for billing authorities to provide additional council tax relief for economically vulnerable households in their area. 

Therefore, all working age customers who receive council tax support in the period 1 April 2020 to 31 March 2021 will receive an additional award of £150 onto their council tax account (or if the outstanding liability after discounts and exemptions is less, then the award will be the sum which results in making the remaining balance nil).

Assistance provided from the Hardship Fund won't be considered a payment of income, and therefore won't affect recipients’ eligibility for other benefits.

If you're eligible for this award, you don't need to apply for it. We'll automatically award your entitlement and you'll receive a new bill showing your award.

Other benefit information can be found on our Benefits webpages.