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Housing Benefit and Council Tax Support

If you have a low income or out of work, you can meet the cost of your rent through Housing Benefit or Universal Credit.

Housing Benefit or Universal Credit

If you are already on Housing Benefit, you will remain on that benefit until your circumstances change.

New claims for Housing Benefit are made through Universal Credit, except if you:

  • are of State Pension age but check because this changes if you are a couple and only one of you is of State Pension age
  • qualify for or get the severe disability premium
  • live in 'supported exemption accommodation' which is generally a hostel or sheltered accommodation.

The amount of help you receive will depend on:

  • the amount of rent and/or Council Tax you pay
  • whether anyone else (such as lodgers or grown-up children) lives with you
  • the amount of money you have coming in each week
  • the amount the Government says you need to live on, and
  • any savings of other assets eg an interest in another property

Council Tax Support

Council Tax Support is a discount that reduces the amount of Council Tax to help people on a low income to afford their Council Tax.

You can claim whether you work or not, but you must be the person responsible for paying the rent and/or Council Tax. You can only make a claim for your home.