New claims to Housing Benefit and Council Tax Reduction

From 22 February 2017 you will not be able to make a new claim for Housing Benefit in this area unless you are in one of the groups that can still claim Housing Benefit after 22 February 2017. Instead you will need to claim for Universal Credit.

If you have made a claim for Pension Credit; a claim for Universal Credit because you are in supported accommodation or you are one of the groups who can still claim Housing Benefit after 22 February 2017, you will be invited to claim Housing Benefit.

If you have to pay rent and/or council tax you can make a claim for both below.

Claim Housing Benefit and Council Tax Reduction


If you are no longer able to claim Housing benefit but you still have to pay Council Tax, you cannot apply for Council Tax Reduction at Jobcentre Plus or the Pension Service. Make a separate claim below, directly with us.

Make a claim for Council Tax Reduction


Help with applying

If you need help completing the application form or need to arrange a visit because of illness or disability, please email benefit.services@southampton.gov.uk.