You may be entitled to Housing Benefit to help pay your rent if you rent your home and your income and savings are below a certain level.
A rent rebate of up to 100% may be available, although restrictions may apply if you rent a property which is larger than we consider you and your family need. You can find out what Housing Benefit and Council Tax Reduction you may be entitled to using our web benefits calculator.
Housing Benefit does not cover mortgage interest payments, fuel costs or some service charges, however, if you rent from a private landlord you may be eligible for Local Housing Allowance.
If you are a council or housing association tenant we will pay the benefit direct to your rent account or to the housing association. If you are a private tenant we will pay you by crossed cheque or by BACS transfer into your bank. In some circumstances we may make payment direct to your landlord. For further information see our Local Housing Allowance web page.
Housing Benefit is largely funded by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) and administered by us on behalf of the government. It is strictly controlled to make sure that benefit is paid to those in real need.
We will ask you to provide evidence of both you and your partner’s National Insurance number and identity as well as proof of your household income and savings. If you are entitled to certain state benefits we may not need to verify your details because this will already have been done by the DWP. For further information see our Frequently Asked Questions web page.
You can download an application form online or obtain a form and further advice by calling the Housing Benefit section or visiting any of our local Council offices.
Benefit is normally awarded from the Monday following the date your application is received by the Council.
You must inform the Council of any change to your circumstances which may affect your Housing Benefit.
Don’t delay - if you think you will qualify apply now or you may lose out.