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 is 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 renting your property from a private landlord, the Local Housing Allowance is used to work out how much Housing Benefit can be paid. Local Housing Allowance does not apply to:

  • People who claimed Housing Benefit before 7 April 2008 without a break or address change
  • People who rent their home from the council
  • People who rent their home from a Registered Social Landlord or Housing Association
  • People whose tenancy started before 1989 or who have a registered fair rent
  • People who live in supported accommodation
  • People who live in hostels, caravans and houseboats
  • It may not apply if your rent includes an amount for meals

The Local Housing Allowance rates are based on the number of bedrooms you need

There are different rules for under 35 year olds and people in shared accommodation.

Weekly Local Housing Allowance rates for 2016-2017

Property type Weekly rate
Shared accommodation £67.50
One bedroom property £116.53
Two bedroom property £156.38
Three bedroom property £184.49
Four bedroom property £242.40