Housing Benefit

From 8 November 2017, Universal Credit (UC) replaced Housing Benefit and no new claims for Housing Benefit can normally be made from this date. 

Universal Credit is administered by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) and aims to to make the welfare system simpler by replacing six benefits and tax credits with a single monthly payment. UC applies to claimants of working age only

In general you will only be eligible to make a new application for Housing Benefit if:

  • You have reached Pension Credit qualifying age
  • You are entitled to a Severe Disability Premium (Visit gov.uk for more information)
  • You live in supported or temporary accommodation

From 15 May 2019 an important change is coming into force for mixed age couples, click below for further information.

If we've asked you to provide documents and/or information to support a claim, you don’t need to visit our offices or send documents through the post. You can supply this information using our online evidence upload form.

Housing Benefit is administered by the Local Authority on behalf of the Department for Work and Pensions, it provides assistance with the payment of rent to those who are on a low income. 

If you rent your property from a Private Landlord, your Housing Benefit will be paid under the Local Housing Allowance scheme.

size criteria also known as 'Bedroom Tax' may affect those in the social rented sector (Council Housing and Housing Associations).

Visit our Benefit Forms page if you wish to apply for Housing Benefit, or to report a change of circumstances.

How will my Housing Benefit be paid?

Benefit Fraud is a crime, don’t let it happen. Report Housing Benefit fraud.

You might find our Housing Benefit frequently asked questions helpful.