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Potential Industrial Action - Friday 6 October

Huntingdonshire District Council (HDC) is preparing for planned industrial action. This is for UNISON members employed by the council.

This is in relation to a pay dispute relating to the pay award for 2023/24. If the issue is not resolved, UNISON intend to take strike action on 6 October and commence an ongoing period of work to rule from Monday 9 October. 

If industrial action does go ahead, we will have to delay green bin and bulky waste collection services on Friday 6 October to allow us to prioritise collecting your household and recycling waste. Garden waste collections that were due on Friday 6 will be moved to Saturday 7 if the action is taken by UNISON.

Most of our services will be delivered as normal, and you can stay up to date with all the latest information about any disruption to services. 

We will only be able to accept a new claim for Housing Benefits if you:

  • are of pensionable age (if you are a couple, both of you must be of pensionable age) 

  • live in exempt accommodation (that is from a charity or housing association and receive care or support as part of your rent)

  • have been placed in temporary housing by the council.

If you don't fall into one of these groups you will need to make a claim for Universal Credit for help with your housing costs (rent payments).

You can claim the benefit if you:

  • pay rent

  • are on a low income

  • have savings of less than £16,000 (unless you receive Guaranteed Pension Credit).

You can claim if you are employed (full or part-time), self-employed, unemployed, retired or disabled.

You can claim as a single person or as part of a couple. A couple is two people who are married or living together as if they are married, or in a civil partnership or living together as if in a civil partnership.

Some students and people who have come to live here from abroad can also claim.

Evidence of identity must be provided for you and any partner on all new claims made.

How do I apply?

You should make your Housing Benefit and or/Council Tax support claim directly to us, using the form below.

Apply for Housing Benefit/Council Tax Support

The form includes guidance on how to complete your claim and a list of the documents you need to give us to support your claim. We will accept electronic evidence via digital photos or scanned images. You can upload these directly to your claim form or email them to

To support your claim, you can print out any of the following forms which, once completed, can be uploaded to your claim or sent to us via email.

Need help with your claim?

If you need help making your claim online, please call us on 01480 388308 and our advisers will help you with any questions you may have.

Can you backdate my claim?

We can award help from an earlier date provided you have a good reason for not making a claim sooner.

Not knowing about Housing Benefits or not filling in the form when first asked to claim are not good reasons. You must tell us of other things which may have stopped you from claiming sooner.

If you are of working age, we can backdate your claim up to one month. If you are of state pension credit age, we can backdate your claim up to three calendar months, depending on your circumstances.

See Backdating Your Housing Benefit and Backdating Your Council Tax Support for more information.

Other benefits

We deal with Housing Benefit and Council Tax Support. All other benefit enquiries are dealt with by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).