Apply for housing benefit

If you are on a low income you may be able to get Housing Benefit to help towards your rent. You can claim Housing benefit whether you are employed or unemployed and you do not have savings/capital over £16,000.

Use our Online Housing Benefit and Council Tax Support Claim or Calculator to check your entitlement and make a claim.

Always claim as soon as you need help paying your rent - Housing Benefit is normally awarded from the Monday following the date you first contact us.

How much Housing Benefit you are entitled to depends on:

  • The ‘eligible’ rent and whether you have to pay service charges
  • Your household income, including self-employed earnings
  • Childcare costs
  • The amount of capital or savings you have
  • The number of people in the household and their ages
  • The number of “grown up” children in the household (known as non-dependants)
  • If anyone in your household is disabled or is a carer

A non-dependant is someone aged 18 or over, who normally lives with you but not liable to make any payments in respect of the dwelling.

The following people are not classed as non-dependants:

  • your partner
  • children for whom you receive child benefit
  • people in full time education

Your Housing Benefit will reduce depending on the number of non-dependants living with you. We will not make any non-dependant reduction if you receive Attendance Allowance or care component of Disability Living Allowance/Personal Independence Payment . Also, there is no deduction, if you are registered blind, or the non-dependant is a pensioner or receipt of Guarantee Pension Credit.

Non-dependant deductions for Housing Benefit –gross weekly income of non-dependant

Weekly Deduction £

In receipt of Assessment Phase Employment and Support Allowance NIL
In receipt of Pension Credit NIL
In receipt of Main Phase Employment and Support Allowance 14.65
Aged between 18 and 24 in receipt of Income Support/Jobseekers Allowance NIL
Aged 25 and over in receipt of Income Support/Jobseekers Allowance 14.65
Aged 18 or over with no income 14.65
Aged 18 and over working less than 16 per week 14.65
Aged 18 and over working 16 hours per week or more:  
Less than £133.00 per week 14.65
Between £133.00 and £195.00 per week 33.65
Between £195.00 and £253.00 per week 46.20
Between £253.00 and £338.00 per week 75.60
Between £338.00 and £420.00 per week​ 86.10
Not less than £420.00 per week 94.50

For further details How Much will I get visit Gov.UK.

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