Housing benefit has been replaced with Universal Credit as of 17 October 2018.
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.
You may still get Housing Benefit to help you pay your rent if you’re on a low income and:
- Are of State Pension Age or
- Are living in temporary accommodation, or specified accommodation where care and support is being provided
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.
Please note: A small number of recent applicants have reported an issue in accessing saved forms. We are urgently investigating this issue. To avoid any such problems complete and submit the form in one go, without saving. Supporting evidence may be submitted after the form is submitted to email@example.com
Privacy: your data and information
How your data and information is used for Housing Benefit and or 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.
Test and Trace Support Payment
From 28 September, if you receive a positive Covid-19 test result or are told by the NHS to self-isolate because of close contact with someone who has Covid-19, you may be eligible for a £500 lump sum payment.