Housing Benefit is a national benefit that can help to pay part or all of your rent if you are a tenant and on a low income. How much you get depends on your income and circumstances.
You may be entitled to Housing Benefit if:
- you are on Income Support, Jobseekers Allowance, Employment & Support Allowance or Pension Credit, or generally on a low income; and
- you do not have more than £16,000 in savings (but if you receive Pension Credit Guarantee, you may still be entitled to help); and
- you have to pay rent for your home
If you have to pay Council Tax for your home, and are on a low income, you may be entitled to Council Tax Support. You do not have to pay rent to claim this. There is more information about this on the Local Council Tax Support page.
Alternatively you can make a claim now using the 'Claiming housing benefit' link below (you do not have to claim Housing Benefit; the same form is used to claim either or both of them).
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