Many of our residents will be worried about the financial impact this unprecedented situation might have on them and their families. We have been notified from the Government that additional financial resources will be provided to local councils to support vulnerable residents. We are working on a package of support for both residents and businesses and we will provide further information on these measures as soon as we can. 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 will be 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
Support with work and training
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 iWork@islington.gov.uk, or fill out the contact form.