Housing benefit helps you pay your rent if you are on a low income and is a means tested benefit. Housing benefit cannot help you pay a mortgage: you will need to contact the Department for Work and Pensions if you need help with this.
Your local council pays housing benefit whether you are renting a property from the council, a Housing Association or from a private landlord.
You can now apply for Housing Benefit and Council Tax Support online and also use our benefits calculator to see what support you may be entitled to. See Apply online for Housing Benefit and Council Tax Support.
See How to claim to download or request an application form and proof required.
You will need to register to be able to view:
We do not usually acknowledge receipt of any documents received.
We normally respond to enquiries in date order, unless there are other pressing matters, for instance action to evict you by your landlord, so make sure you tell us all about these. All written communications are stored on our document imaging system and cannot be lost. We are taking around:
We will write to you to inform you of the outcome. This could be a letter or a revised invoice.
Please call 01753 475111 if you need an urgent response.