You could get Housing Benefit to pay all or part of your rent if you’re unemployed or on a low income and live in:
If you pay rent and already receive or have applied for Universal Credit, please do not apply for Housing Benefit as your housing costs will be included in your Universal Credit payments.
The amount of Housing Benefit due to you is worked out by looking at:
Our online application form has a built in calculator which provides you with an estimate of how much Housing Benefit you might be entitled to. You will be notified of your actual award when your claim has been processed.
You can also use one of two independent benefit calculators hosted on .gov.uk to check if there are any other benefits and tax credits you may be entitled to.
Before you apply please have the following to hand:
You can also use this form to claim Council Tax Support.
Once you submit your application you will be told what evidence is required to support your claim. Please note that if you have been asked to provide proof of identity ONLY, the Benefits Service will write to you separately if this is still required.
You need to complete a separate online application form for free school meals.
If you have saved your form and want to log back in, please use the button below. You will need to have your reference number and your password to access your form.
If you are not happy with our decision about your claim for Housing Benefit, you can make an appeal.
If you are in the process of applying for Housing Benefit, or already receive it, we need to know if your circumstances change straight away as it could affect what you are entitled to. You can now tell us by phoning us. Find out more.