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Housing Benefit

A means tested benefit to assist people who live on low incomes with their rent.

It is a national scheme, with the rules set by Government, but is administered by local authorities.

If you pay rent for your home and live on a low income, you may be able to get some help. The amount you could receive depends on who lives with you, the amount of money you have coming in and any savings you have. If your capital exceeds £16,000 you can not apply for housing benefit unless you or your partner are receiving Pension Credit Guarantee Credit.

From 27 July 2016 most working-age customers who are making a new claim for help towards paying rent will have to claim Universal Credit

People of pension age are not affected by this change and can still apply for Housing Benefit.

Am I entitled?

If you are making a new claim, the easiest way to check whether you may be entitled to Housing Benefit is to use the online benefits calculator before completing the online form. If you are entitled to make a claim for Universal Credit there will be a link at the end of the benefits calculator which you can use to go to the relevant website. In the limited situations where new claims for Housing Benefit can be made the benefits calculator will provide a link to the form.