You can claim Housing Benefit if:-
- you pay rent and your income and capital (savings and
investments) are below a certain level.
- you could qualify if you are out of work, or in work and
earning a wage or self-employed.
- you are on Income Support, Job Seekers Allowance, Employment
Support Allowance or Pension Credit
You cannot usually get Housing Benefit if:-
- you, or your partner between you, have more than £16,000 in
savings, unless you are getting the "guarantee credit " of Pension
(A partner is someone you are married to or have a civil
partnership with, or someone you live with as if you were their
husband, wife or civil partner.)
- you live in the home of a close relative
- you are a full time student (unless you are disabled or have
- you are an asylum seeker or are sponsored to be in the UK
How to claim Housing Benefit and / or Council Tax Support?
If you claim Income Support , Job Seekers Allowance or
Employment Support Allowance
The Department for Work and Pensions will give you a form for
you to claim Housing Benefit. Fill in the form and send it back to
The Department for Work and Pensions straight away. They will send
the form to us with proof of your Income Support/Job Seeker’s
Allowance (Income based) or Employment Support Allowance claim.
If you claim Pension Credit
The Pension Service will take details of your claim for Housing
Benefit. Send the information to the Pension Service as soon as you
can and they will send the details of your claim to us.
You can claim Housing Benefit and / or Council Tax Support if you
are on a low income
Please choose from one of the following options:
You will need to provide original documentary evidence
to support your claim for benefit. We cannot accept photocopies and
we will need to see documents for both claimant and
Benefit Claim Fast-Tracking
On provision of all relevant information and evidence,
the Benefit Department can normally process your claim
within 3 working days.
For further information please visit one of our Information
Centres to speak to an advisor regarding evidence requirements and
fast-track appointments. Please click here to find your nearest
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