Making a benefit claim

Housing Benefit and Council Tax Support can help you pay some or all of your rent or Council Tax if:

  • you’re on state benefits
  • you get a pension
  • you're working but on a low income
  • you need help paying the rent
  • you're unemployed
  • if you are a student who meets certain rules

You can’t claim Housing Benefit if:

  • you have more than £16,000 savings, stocks and shares or other capital unless you get guarantee credit pension
  • you're receiving Universal Credit
  • you’re an asylum seeker or have no recourse to public funds

You can’t claim Council Tax Support if:

  • You are under 18 years old
  • Your capital is above £6,000

Apply for benefit now

Backdating a claim

When you claim benefits we will pay from the Monday following we receive your claim. 

If you need your claim backdated further the claim form will ask you about this.

If you do not request backdating you can make a request after your claim has been submitted by

Make a backdating claim

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