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Financial support

Many of our residents will be worried about the financial impact this unprecedented situation might have on them and their families. Additional financial resources are available to support vulnerable residents. Please keep visiting the council’s business webpages, as well as twitter @IslingtonBC and Facebook for the latest information.

Resident Support Scheme 

Our Resident Support Scheme is available for Islington residents who are facing extreme hardship. Grants can be given to help if you are on a low income and struggling financially; in need of essential household items; or if there is a cut to Housing Benefit and you are finding it hard to meet your rent payments. 

If you need to apply please email the RSS team with your contact information and details about your situation.

Test and Trace Support Payments

From 28 September 2020, residents who have been told through NHS Test and Trace that they must self-isolate and who are in employment or are self-employed, on a low income and in receipt of certain benefits, and will lose money because they cannot work from home may be eligible for a one-off £500 payment. The Council is responsible for assessing eligibility and making these payments. The scheme is now live and applications for support payments can be made up to 42 days after the start date of your isolation period. If you are struggling with extreme financial hardship or need practical help while you self-isolate, please contact We are Islington

Support for council tenants

Islington Council will do everything we can to support any of our tenants who find it difficult to pay their rent as a result of coronavirus. We can help with financial advice and access to welfare benefits and discretionary relief to provide the best support that we can. No one should find themselves homeless at this difficult time and there will be no evictions from council properties during this period of public health crisis.

The council relies on rents to deliver vital services for all council tenants, it is important to continue to pay your rent but do contact us if you run into difficulty so that we can help.

Visit the advice section of our website for local advice and support on subjects, including financial advice and welfare benefits.

Council tax support

People of working age who receive Council Tax Support will have their annual bill for 2020/21 reduced by up to £150. This process will be completely automatic, residents who are already on the Council Tax Support Scheme do not need to do anything as bills will be adjusted accordingly in the coming weeks.

Support with work and training

Whether you need new skills to get back to work, want to brush up on your basic skills to get into work or need help to find a job, Islington has services ready and waiting to help you and they are all free.


iWork can help match your skills to local job and training opportunities and coach you to build your confidence while you are searching for work or training. If you need help sorting out your benefits so you can study or retrain, they can help with this too. Contact 020 7527 2706 or, or fill out the contact form.  

Adult and Community Learning

Islington’s Adult and Community Learning (ACL) service offer free courses for Islington residents aged 19 and over or parents with children in Islington schools. Courses include digital skills, Maths, English, ESOL, vocational and employment skills, family learning and community learning.

City and Islington College

City and Islington College is one of the largest further education colleges in London, with five specialist centres across North London. Located across Angel, Holloway Road, Finsbury Park and Camden Road, they offer an extensive range of academic and vocational courses for all ages.

Information for parents

We have put together some advice and information for Parents and Carers in relation to the coronavirus.

Free school meals

If your child is eligible for free school meals under the government’s scheme, your school will continue to provide you with vouchers (for the w/c 4 January). Please contact your school as usual to order them. We will keep you updated in line with government guidance/

Other financial support available

The Government website has information on what other financial support is available. 

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