Housing Benefit and Council Tax Support is a Government scheme designed to help people on low incomes pay their rent and Council Tax.
New benefits claims
Help with your rent
Following the introduction of Universal Credit to our area in 2018 it is now the case that if you are renting your home, on a low income and need to make a new claim for help with your rent, you will now likely be required to make a new claim for Housing Costs through Universal Credit.
You can only claim Housing Benefit through your local authority if any of these apply:
- You are single and have reached State Pension Age.
- You are in a partnership and you have both reached State Pension Age.
- You are in Council placed emergency housing or certain types of exempt or specified accommodation.
If you fall into the categories listed above you can start a new claim for Housing Benefit today
If this list does not apply to you then you will need to make a claim for your housing costs through Universal Credit. Please follow the links below to find out more and make a new claim online;
Make a claim for Housing Benefit and/or Council Tax Support
Our department is currently undergoing a planned software update during the month of July 2022. If you need to make a new claim for housing benefit and/or council tax support, please download and print the PDF version below. The form can be completed and returned as per the instruction on the front page of the form.
Please do not wait until you have all your evidence before submitting your claim as you may lose out on benefit
Help to complete your application
Our Contact Centres will continue to provide support for people who do not have access to online facilities or who need assistance to make a claim. Additional computers will be provided in our centres for people to make claims and staff will provide face-to-face help.
We can also provide support to our customers via our telephone contact centre, except for bank holidays.
With effect from 1 August 2022, there will be a temporary change to the opening times of our Revenues and Benefits Telephone Service Centre. Our Advisors will be available to speak to you between 10am and 3pm Monday to Friday.
This temporary change has been implemented to allow all of our staff resources to be focused on amending and updating our customers’ accounts/claims with the changes advised to us just prior to and during our system upgrade in July.
Please note that the opening hours of our Customer Service Centre remain unchanged.
We apologise for any inconvenience caused during this time. We do intend to keep disruption to services as minimal as possible but would ask for your patience while we complete this essential work.
How much would I get?
Housing Benefit and Council Tax Support are means-tested benefits. The amount you receive can depend on:
- your income;
- your savings;
- the size of the property, the amount of your rent; and
- who else lives with you
You can get an estimate of your housing benefit using an online Benefits Calculator.
If you are already receiving housing benefit or council tax support but the benefit payment amount does not cover your total rent/council tax bill, then you may be able to get extra help for housing costs by applying for a Discretionary Housing Payment (DHP). DHP’s are not benefit payments.
How we pay your Housing Benefit
We cannot pay your benefit by cheque, if you do not have a bank account you can open a basic bank account.