If you're making a new Housing Benefit claim (and are of working age), you may have to claim Universal Credit instead.
Are you State pension credit age?
You do not need to claim Universal Credit if you are of state pension credit age.
Do you qualify for a Severe Disability Premium?
You do not currently need to claim Universal Credit if you qualify for a Severe Disability Premium.
Are you in supported or temporary accommodation?
You will still need to claim Housing Benefit if you are in supported or temporary accommodation and you will need to claim Universal Credit for the benefits that cover your daily living expenses.
To claim Universal Credit click here
and follow the online instructions.
For more information click Universal
Credit or visit www.gov.uk/universal-credit
Claim Housing Benefit online:
Housing Benefit is available to people on a low income who are renting their homes to help them pay rent. You must have less than £16,000 in capital or savings to qualify for Housing Benefit.
You cannot apply for Housing Benefit if you are already receiving Universal Credit, unless you move into temporary or supported accommodation. If you need help towards paying your council tax you will need to apply to the Council for Council Tax Support.
If you experience any difficulties or require help and assistance you can ring us 01642 774774.
Will I qualify?
You can visit the gov.uk benefits calculator to determine if you will be eligible for Housing Benefit and to get an estimate of your entitlement amount.
How is my entitlement decided?
We take into account your income and who lives with you when deciding your entitlement. We compare this to the minimum amount the the government says that you need to live on and then calculate your claim. This is called a means test. Your entitlement decision letter will explain how your claim has been assessed your claim and advises you of your right of appeal should you disagree.
What if I move house?
You must tell us if you move house or if you intend to move house to ensure you receive the correct amount of Housing Benefit. You can report a change of address online.
What if my household or circumstances changes?
Changes to your household or circumstances, such as the addition of a new child, an adult moving in or out of the property or changes to your earnings, can make a difference to your Housing Benefit entitlement. Please let us know if any changes to your household have taken place to ensure your Housing Benefit is properly calculated.