Housing benefit is paid by local councils to help pay your rent. How much benefit you receive will depend on your circumstances and how much you have to pay.
Housing benefit will be replaced with Universal Credit in October 2018. Find out more about Universal Credit.
Find out who can claim housing benefit and how much you could receive.
- Housing benefit eligibility (Gov.uk website) Note: If you are eligible, return to the council website to apply.
- What you'll get (Gov.uk website)
- Calculator: check what you may be entitled to
Apply for housing benefit or council tax reduction
Only one form is required to claim both housing benefit and council tax reduction.
Check your benefit account
If you are already on benefits you can check your housing benefit details online (registration required)
Change in circumstances
Tell us about a change of address, rent, household or income. Visit the Change in circumstances page.
Council tax reduction
Council tax reduction is paid by local councils to help pay your council tax. It replaced council tax benefit in 2013.
Council tax reduction - Eligibility, applications and checking your account