Cost of living support If you are worried about your finances and how you are going to make ends meet, there is help available. Please find below links to some of the support available to the residents of Milton Keynes. Help with paying your rent and Council Tax Housing Benefit and Council Tax reduction – Make a new claim for Council Tax Reduction or report a change in circumstances Discretionary Council Tax Reduction Scheme – MKC funded to provide additional support to those experiencing financial hardship. Energy Bills Rebate - Council Tax Rebate for Council Tax bands A to D Discretionary Housing Payments – An additional payment to individuals on Housing Benefit that are struggling to meet a shortfall in their rent. Help with essential costs including food and energy Local Welfare Provision – MKC funded to provide essential support in the event of an emergency Food Bank - The provision of food, fuel, and small essential items, mostly in partnership with voluntary and charity groups Household Support Fund - Support with food and energy costs. Other Government support There are benefits you may be entitled to if your income is low or has gone down. Universal Credit – tell the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP). Read more on the GOV.UK Universal Credit web page. Job Seekers Allowance – tell the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP). Read more on the GOV.UK Job Seeker’s Allowance web page. Income Support – tell the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP). Read more on the GOV.UK Income Support web page. Employment and Support Allowance – tell the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP). Read more on the GOV.UK Employment Support web page. Pension Credit – tell the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP). Read more on the GOV.UK Pension Credit web page. Tax Credits – tell Her Majesties Revenues & Customs (HMRC). Read more on the GOV.UK Report Changes that Affect your Tax Credits web page. Benefits calculator Not on benefits or need to apply for another benefit If you are not already receiving a benefit, the first thing you should do is make a new claim. Use the benefit calculator to work out which benefit you should claim. You can also use this link if you are already receiving a benefit but wish to know if you should claim another benefit, such as Universal Credit.