Making a benefit claim

Housing Benefit

You can still claim Housing Benefit if you:

  • are of Pension Credit age
  • live in Specified Accommodation (care, support and supervision provided)
  • are in temporary accommodation
  • are entitled to (or have been within the last month) Income Support, income related Employment and Support Allowance, income based Jobseekers Allowance or Housing Benefit that includes a Severe Disability Premium

Information you may need during the online application

The application will ask you for details of certain documents as you progress. You may need some of the following so please have the information at hand.

  • National Insurance number
  • Earnings/Self employed earnings
  • State benefits Pensions
  • Bank/Building Society accounts
  • All capital/savings
  • Non-dependent’s income
  • Tax credits
  • Child care costs

Saving and submitting your Housing Benefit application

Please make sure when you make your application online and have filled in your details you click on the 'Proceed' button in the box at the bottom of the page.

Benefit proceed button image

You can also save and come back to your application at any time. Just look out for the 'Save and Come Back Later' box, make a note of the reference number and create a password you can remember.

Benefit application form image of the save option

Ready to apply for Housing Benefit?

Apply for Housing Benefit now

None of the above apply to you?

If none of the above apply to you and you need help with your rent, you will need to claim Universal Credit.

Claim Universal Credit

Please note: If you are already in receipt of Universal Credit and are placed into temporary accommodation by Havering Housing Services, you must inform the DWP immediately as you will need to claim your housing costs through Housing Benefit. Please make your claim using the Housing Benefit link above.

Council Tax Support

For financial help with your Council Tax you must make a claim with the Local authority that you live in.

If you live in Havering and

  • have a liability to pay Council Tax
  • are aged over 18
  • are working age and have less than £6,000 capital *
  • are of pensionable age and have less than £16,000 capital*
  • if you are single, of pensionable age (do not qualify for Council Tax Support) and have other adults on a low income living with you

(*except those in receipt of a qualifying state benefit)

Saving and submitting your Council Tax Support application

Please make sure when you make your application online and have filled in your details you click on the 'Proceed' button in the box at the bottom of the page.

Benefit proceed button image

You can also save and come back to your application at any time. Just look out for the 'Save and Come Back Later' box, make a note of the reference number and create a password you can remember.

Benefit application form image of the save option

Ready to apply for Council Tax Support?

Claim Council Tax Support

How the amount of Council Tax support is calculated

The amount of Council Tax Support you get is based on your income and age.

If you are of pensionable age, Council Tax Support can be any amount up to 100 per cent of your Council Tax liability.

Working age people with disabilities can have their Council Tax reduced by up to 80 per cent.

For everyone else, Council Tax Support can be reduced by up to 75 percent.

For information about the Council Tax Support Scheme changes for 2019, please see the Havering local council tax support scheme documents.

Backdated claim for housing benefit and council tax support

We may be able to backdate your housing benefit and council tax support if you can show that you have had good cause for not making your claim at an earlier date.

You can only make a backdating claim if you have an existing Housing Benefit claim or have made a new application for benefits.

Make a backdated claim for housing benefit and council tax support

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