If you need help paying your rent, you can make a claim for Housing Benefit.
You will still have to claim Council Tax Support from us.
Who can claim Housing Benefit
Check the rules about Housing Benefit eligibility (if you are entitled to claim Housing Benefit).
If you are helping someone make a claim for Housing Benefit, you can complete the claim form on their behalf.
Making your claim for Housing Benefit
Using our online form is the quickest and easiest way to claim.
Your application is in three parts:
- the calculator gives you an idea of what you may be entitled to
- the claim form
- the evidence checklist confirms which proof of ID you need to provide
Make sure you print off or save your evidence checklist after you submit your application.
You can also use our online form to:
- see how much Council Tax Support you could get if you are the person responsible for paying council tax in your home
- find out if you're entitled to Income Support, Pension Credit or Tax Credit
- claim Council Tax Support
If you're claiming Pension Credit, fill in the HCTB1 form you get with your Pension Credit form and return it to us.
New Housing Benefit payments
Once we have received a new Housing Benefit claim, you have 1 month to provide any relevant evidence.
We will not pay Housing Benefit if you do not provide us with your evidence as soon as possible; if you fail to provide this to us within one month we will close your claim.
Once the proofs are received we aim to process your claim within 2 to 4 weeks.
Your Housing Benefit entitlement begins from the Monday following your claim date. If you delay returning your claim form, you could risk losing benefit.
Housing Benefit and the benefit cap
If you are awarded Housing Benefit and are subject to the benefit cap as a result of the Government's Welfare Reform Act 2012, we will write and let you know. This means that you may receive a reduced amount of Housing Benefit than the one quoted in the calculation on this website.
If you have a change of circumstances
You need to make sure you tell us if your circumstances change, as this could affect your entitlement to certain benefits.