How to apply for Housing Benefit, Local Housing Allowance and Council Tax Support

NOTE: With the introduction of Universal Credit you can only make a new claim for housing benefit or Local Housing Allowance if you are of state pension age, living in supported accommodation or have 3 children or more.

Housing Benefit

If you live in a council or housing association room or property:

  • You could get Housing Benefit to help you pay your rent if you’re on a low income.
  • Housing Benefit can pay for part or all of your rent. How much you get depends on your income and circumstances.
  • You can apply for Housing Benefit whether you’re unemployed or working.

Find out more and apply for Housing Benefit.

Local Housing Allowance

Housing Benefit if you live in a private rented room or property:

  • Local Housing Allowance (LHA) is used to work out how much Housing Benefit you will receive.
  • LHA affects tenants who already receive Housing Benefit moving to accommodation owned by a private landlord.

Find out more and apply for Local Housing Allowance.

Council Tax Support

  • Council Tax Support is help towards your Council Tax bill. If you are the person who is liable for the Council Tax bill and you are living on a low income, you can apply for Council Tax Support.

Find out more and apply for Council Tax Support.

Do you need help to apply for any of the above?

For more information on the assistance available to you see: Get help to make a benefit claim.

Last updated: 04 May 2017. Was this information helpful?

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