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Housing Benefit and Council Tax support

If you have a low income:

  • Housing Benefit can help meet the cost of your rent and
  • Council Tax Support can reduce the cost of your 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.

Universal Credit: full service available in Bedford

Universal Credit has replaced new claims for housing benefit for most working age people in Bedford Borough unless you are:

  • at State Pension age (find out when you are at State Pension age)
  • living in a NN29 postcode area (Podington), or PE (Staploe and Little Barford)
  • you have three, or more children living in your household, or
  • you live in 'supported exemption accommodation' which is generally a hostel or sheltered accommodation

If you are already claiming Housing Benefit, you will remain on that benefit until your circumstances change, but if you are making a new claim, you will now have to claim Universal Credit.

Help you can receive

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

Please note that not everyone on a low income will qualify for help and special rules apply to people who are not British nationals.

You will need to complete an application form to apply for help and provide original documents to confirm your income, savings and rent.