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

From 22 February 2017, you will not be able to 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.

Further information about Universal Credit


If you are one of the groups that can still claim Housing Benefit or you are making a claim for Council Tax Reduction use the calculator below to find out how much help you may get.

Use the benefit calculator

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

The final calculation given will be based on the information you supply and should only be treated as a rough guide of entitlement to Housing Benefit/Council Tax Reduction.

Apply for Housing Benefit and/or Council Tax Reduction

If your application is successful, 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 the form as soon as possible.


If you have provided an email address and we need further information from you, we will email the letter rather than posting it. You can provide an up to date email address to Benefit Services, please include your claim number or name, address and national insurance number.


Please check your inbox regularly, failure to respond to us within one month for Housing Benefit or 28 days for Council Tax Reduction may result in your claim being suspended or cancelled.

Email: Benefit.services@southampton.gov.uk