Housing Benefit

Housing Benefit provides financial help for those on low incomes who rent their homes. Help is also available towards Council Tax payments regardless of whether you rent or own your home, see information on Council Tax Reduction Scheme.

If your income has been reduced due to the coronavirus pandemic and you are struggling to pay your rent you need to apply for Universal Credit . If you are already in receipt of Universal Credit (including the housing element) or Housing Benefit and are still struggling then please read more on our Discretionary Housing Payments.

Most working age claimants will need to claim Universal Credit to get help with their rent. There are some exceptions. 

People of pensionable age may be able to get help with their rent by claiming Housing Benefit depending on their circumstances.