If you are on a low income Housing Benefit and Council Tax Reduction can help you to pay some or all of your rent and council tax costs.

From 22 February 2017, you cannot make a new claim for Housing benefit in this area unless you are one of the eligible groups. Instead you will need to make a claim for Universal Credit.

See: Claiming Housing Benefit after 22 February 2017


If you can still claim Housing Benefit or you are making a claim for Council Tax Reduction and you would like to find out how much you may be entitled to, you can access external benefit calculators using the links below:

Benefits calculator - Turn2Us

Benefits calculator - entitledto

Policy in Practice - Better off calculator

If you are a private tenant you will need to know the Local Housing Allowance figure that relates to you.

Please remember that any calculation will be a rough guide of entitlement to Housing Benefit and Council Tax Reduction.

See also:

Local Housing Allowance


If you do have some entitlement to benefit, payment will (generally) start from the Monday following the date we receive a completed application form. To make sure you don't miss out: complete a form as soon as possible.

Apply for Housing Benefit and/or Council Tax Reduction

See also:

How we work out benefit

When will my claim start from?