From 1st April 2013 the government has made changes in the way they calculate housing benefit paid to working age tenants in housing association properties. Read more about how this may affect you.
Please see our Benefits advice page for advice, guidance and assistance with the full range of welfare benefits. You can also use our benefits calculator to find out how much Housing Benefit Council Tax Support you may claim.
Housing Benefit helps you pay your rent if you are on a low income. The amount of housing benefit due to you is worked out by looking at:
Try our benefits calculator to see what help you can get.
To claim Housing Benefit you need to fill in an application form.
Please note that by a partner we mean a person you are married to or a person you live with as if you are married to them, or a civil partner or a person you live with as if you are civil partners.
If you take your Housing Benefit or Council Tax Support claim form to one of our One Stop Shops, along with all the evidence required to support your claim, we promise to write to you within 10 days to tell you how much benefit you will get.
Please note that you must provide original documents, not copies. We cannot pay your benefit until we have seen all the proof we have asked for.
To make sure your Housing Benefit starts from the earliest date possible, you should contact us as soon as you need benefit to tell us that you plan to claim.
If you are not happy with our decision about your claim for Housing Benefit, you can make an appeal .