If you are having difficulty paying your rent and/or Council Tax costs, you can apply for benefits. You can apply for either benefit or for both of them providing you have a liability to pay rent and Council Tax.

From 22 February 2017 you will not be able make a new claim for Housing Benefit in this area unless you are in one of the groups that are still eligible to claim Housing Benefit. Instead you will need to make a claim for Universal Credit. If you pay Council Tax you will still need to make a claim for Council Tax Reduction with us.

If you are claiming or receiving UC and you pay rent, your housing costs will, in future, be administered by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), you will not be required to fill in a separate claim for housing benefit. You must however still complete the form below if you want to be assessed for help with your council tax.

Email: Benefit.services@southampton.gov.uk