Adur District residents: Benefits for Adur residents are administered by the CenSus Partnership, please refer to their new claims information.
Worthing Borough residents: Benefits for Worthing residents are administered by Worthing Borough Council - please refer to the information below.

Make a new claim

Claim form

  • Adur: Benefits claims for Adur residents are administered by the CenSus Partnership.
  • Worthing: Benefits claims for Worthing residents are administered by Worthing Borough Council - please refer to the information below.

New claim

To make a claim, we recommend complete one of our forms, not one from the Jobcentre or Pension Service. This is because their forms often don't contain all of the information we need and we might require you to complete our form instead.

We may also accept a letter from the claimant but would strongly recommend completing the full claim form to reduce the chances of any delay.

Required Information and evidence

We will require information and evidence with the claim to make it valid, included in the claim form is an employer's proof of earnings form and a landlord's proof of rent form. If you are self employed, please complete your own earnings declaration:

The following guide will help you complete your earnings declaration:

I need help completing the forms

Please contact us for advice.

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Restarting a claim

If you have had a claim in the past 26 weeks or less, and wish to restart your claim based on the same circumstances after your employment has ended, please see restart a claim.

If more than 26 weeks have passed or your circumstances have changed, you will need to start a new claim.

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Information and evidence required

  • Adur: Benefits claims for Adur residents are administered by the CenSus Partnership.
  • Worthing: Benefits claims for Worthing residents are administered by Worthing Borough Council - please refer to the information below.

For a claim to be valid it must be accompanied by documentary evidence and information to confirm the identity, national insurance number, income, capital, residency, rent and household composition of the claimant and their family.

If you do not have a national insurance number or do not know what your number is, national insurance number information is on the HM Revenue & Customs website.

We are only able to accept original documents (not photocopies). If you bring documents to the council offices in Worthing we will photocopy them immediately and give them back to you. If you send documents by post, we will photocopy them and return them to you the same day.

It is very important that all the information and evidence requested on the form is provided at the time the application is submitted. The most common reason for claims being delayed is because information and evidence has not been provided with the form. 

Please check what evidence and information we will require when making a claim.

If we do not receive proof within one month, we will cancel your claim.

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