Apply for Housing Benefit
If you are working age you may not be able to claim Housing Benefit.
Instead you will have to make a claim for Universal Credit if you need help to pay your rent.
You may still get Housing Benefit if:
- You live in temporary accommodation
- You live in supported accommodation
- You receive the severe disability premium
- You are of pensionable age (unless you have a partner who is working age)
More information on Universal Credit can be found on GOV.UK website.
How much you get depends on your income and other circumstances such as your savings and other people who live with you.
GOV.UK benefits calculators
Check GOV.UK benefits calculators to see what you’re entitled to:
Who is not eligible?
You will not get Housing Benefit if:
- You receive the housing element in a Universal Credit payment
- You are a pensioner with a partner of working age
- 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 or 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 support 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 (LCTS) 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