Most tenants renting from private landlords have their housing benefit assessed under Local Housing Allowance (LHA) rules.
Discretionary Housing Payments provide extra help if you are already getting housing benefit or Universal Credit (including housing costs) but...
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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. Since 11 October 2017 Universal Credit has been rolled out across Doncaster and you may have to claim Universal Credit instead of Housing Benefit for help with your rent. You can view your existing Housing Benefit claim through your My Doncaster account.
Housing Benefit and Council Tax Reduction can help pay your rent and/or Council Tax. Since 11 October 2017 Universal Credit has been rolled out across Doncaster and you may have to claim Universal Credit instead of Housing Benefit for help with your rent. You will still need to make a claim Council Tax Reduction if you receive, or are making a claim for, Universal Credit.
If we pay you too much benefit, known as an overpayment, we will usually ask you to pay this back to us.
The information here is for any organisation supporting and assisting Doncaster residents.
You can ask us to revise our decision about housing benefit or council tax reduction, or appeal against the decision to an independent appeal tribunal.
You can claim housing benefit and/or council tax reduction for a past period. This is called backdating.