Housing Benefit can help you pay your rent if you’re unemployed, on a low income or claiming benefits. It’s being replaced by Universal Credit.
Can I claim Housing Benefit?
You can only make a new claim for Housing Benefit if either of the following apply:
- you’ve reached State Pension age
- you’re in supported, sheltered or temporary housing
If you can’t claim Housing Benefit, you should apply for Universal Credit.
You can use our online benefits calculator to find out what you can claim.
Go to benefit and budgeting calculator
How to apply
Applying for Housing Benefit online takes between 10 minutes and 30 minutes.
You can save and return to an application if you need. Return to a saved application .
You may also be able to claim Council Tax Reduction if you’re claiming Housing Benefit.
Understanding your award
Your award letter, provides a breakdown of your entitlement and the calculations used.Your award letter explained
Tell us about a change
You need to tell us straight away about any change that could affect how much Housing Benefit you get.Report a change
Upload documents securely
How to send us the evidence we need to support your housing benefit claim or a change in circumstances.Documents to support your application
Statement of reasons and disputes
If you think that your Housing Benefit decision is wrong then you can ask us to look at it again and review it.Disputes and appeals
Backdating housing benefit payments
Sometimes we can pay benefit for a limited period before you make your claim. This is called backdating.Backdating payments
How to repay us if we pay you too much Housing Benefit.Repay an overpayment
Discretionary housing payment
If you get Housing Benefit or Universal Credit but are struggling to pay your rent, you may be able to get extra help.More about discretionary housing payment
Complete a benefits review
We may review your claim from time to time and ask you to confirm your circumstances.Benefits review form
Housing Benefit questions
Answers to the most asked questions about Housing BenefitSee most asked questions
Manage your council tax and benefits online
To apply for or view Council Tax and benefits online, you will need to register online.Register online
Help with online benefits services
Help with our secure online service that helps you to manage your Council Tax account and applying for benefits.Get help with online services
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