What is Housing Benefit?
If you are on a low income and you need help paying your rent, housing benefit could help.
- Housing benefit is paid to private tenants, direct to their landlords, or to a council tenant's rent account
Local Council Tax Support replaced Council Tax Benefit from April 2013. For more information about this please visit our Council Tax Support page.
The amount of benefit you can claim depends on:
- The income and capital of the claimant and partner
- The circumstances of the household (eg children/disabilities/age)
- Whether anyone else lives in the household.
You can't normally get housing benefit if you have savings of over £16,000, unless you are getting the "guarantee credit" of Pension Credit.
If you rent your home from a private landlord, your housing benefit will be worked out using the Local Housing Allowance.
Can I get help?
To get an estimate of the help you can get towards your rent and other living costs, please use the benefits adviser service.
If your circumstances change
If you are already receiving benefit and your circumstances change, it is important that you tell us immediately otherwise you may be open to prosecution.
The types of changes that you must tell us about.
More information about the UK benefits system
You can download a range of leaflets which explain the UK benefits system at www.benefit-leaflets.org with leaflets also available in foreign languages. You can also request copies in Braille or large print.