Apply for Housing Benefit
Housing Benefit can help towards paying your rent if you’re on a low income.
More information on housing benefit can be found on gov.uk
How much you get depends on your income and other circumstances such as your savings and other people who live with you.
You may get Housing Benefit if:
- you pay rent
- you’re on a low income or claiming benefits
- your savings are below a certain level – usually £16,000
You can apply if you’re employed or unemployed, but if you live with a partner, only one of you can get Housing Benefit.
If you’re single and under 35, your Housing Benefit will be limited to the amount for a single room in shared accommodation.
Who is not eligible?
Usually you will not get Housing Benefit if:
- You receive the housing element in a universal credit payment
- your savings are over £16,000 – unless you get guarantee credit of pension credit
- you live in the home of a close relative
- you’re a full-time student – unless you’re disabled, have children of a pensionable age
- you’re residing in the UK as a European economic area jobseeker
- you’re an asylum seeker or sponsored to be in the UK
- you’re subject to immigration control and your granted leave states that you cannot claim public funds
We usually pay Housing Benefit and Council Tax Reduction from the Monday after we get your claim but in some circumstances we can pay from an earlier date.
When applying for Local Council Tax Support and Housing Benefit there is a section within each application to request a backdate.
The maximum period we can backdate is
- 1 month for Housing Benefit
- 3 months for Local Council Tax Support