Apply for Housing Benefits

Apply for Housing Benefits

Please note: For some working age customers Housing Benefit payments will be replaced by Universal Credit. This will apply if you are making a new claim or have a change in circumstances. This change will take effect in this area for some residents from 18th October 2017. To find out if this change applies to you please click the check your postcode link below. 

Please check your postcode to find out when this applies to you

Check your postcode

Apply online for Housing Benefits/Council Tax Support - New claims only 

Download a PDF form and apply for Housing Benefits

View the Housing Benefits FAQ section

Who is entitled to Housing Benefits?

You could receive help towards you payments if:

  • You have a low income
  • Are on benefits and pay rent
  • Are on benefits and have a liability to pay council tax

If you have savings and investments totalling more than £16,000 (apart from some pensioners on Guarantee Pension credit) you are not likely to receive help.

Housing benefit is available for housing association and private tenants (if eligible). How much help is available varies according to:

  • Family circumstances
  • Income and savings
  • The people you have living with you.
  • Outgoings are not taken into account.

Am I eligible for Housing Benefits?

Use the online benefits calculator to determine if you qualify for any benefit. This will also give you an indication of any possible award that may be given to you.

Please note: The Housing Benefits Calculator is currently undergoing maintenance and will be available once the maintenance is complete.

What do I need to make a claim?

We must see the latest original documents supplied with your application. We need the same proof for you, your partner (if you have one) and any other adults living in your home.

View the documents that are required to assess your claim