What is Housing Benefit?

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Housing benefit is an additional income payable by a local authority to help people pay their rent. If you are on a low income whether in or out of work then you may be able to claim Housing Benefit.

If you’re of working age and are claiming benefit for the first time or moving into our area you may need to claim Universal Credit to help with your housing costs. 

Housing Benefit is means tested.  We take into account things like:

  • your income (and your partner’s if you have one)
  • savings
  • if anyone else lives with you
  • personal circumstances
  • whether you rent from a private or a social landlord
  • whether you have any empty rooms

You can use the benefits advisor on GOV.UK to find out how much Housing Benefit you may get.

Housing Benefit does not help with Council Tax but you may qualify for Local Support for Council Tax.  We will work this out at the same time for you.

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Armed Forces personnel

Housing Benefit and Local Support for Council Tax.

War pensions are not taken into account as income when calculating Housing Benefit and Local Support for Council Tax. 

Further information about accessing Jobcentre Plus services for current and former armed forces personnel can be found on GOV.UK.

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