Benefits and Money

Zero hours contract / Self Employed

If you’re on a zero hours contract, you can get statutory sick pay if you’re earning over £118/week.

I am on a zero hours contract and have been laid off, what do I do?    You may be eligible for Universal Credit to help with your living costs.

Apply for Universal Credit

You can’t get statutory sick pay if you’re self-employed – however if you have to take time off work and don’t get paid while you’re off, you might be entitled to claim benefits. Benefits Calculator.

You should claim for help with support with your Council Tax from the Council as you may be entitled to Council tax Support.

Council Tax

We appreciate that this is a difficult time for many of our residents and that the COVID-19 virus is having a significant impact on the economy.

Your Council Tax pays for our essential services that are delivered to all residents in the area, so it is really important that if your circumstances have not changed that you continue to pay what you should, maintain your direct debit payments, or payment plan, as detailed on your bill. Thank you for your contribution.

Council Tax and Benefits

Employment and Support Allowance

You can apply for Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) if you have a disability or health condition that affects how much you can work.

Debt Advice

Citizens Advice

Citizens Advice Rossendale & Hyndburn provides free, independent, confidential and impartial advice on people’s rights and responsibilities.