If you pay rent for a Housing Association, Council or privately rented property you can apply for Housing Benefit.
You can apply for Council Tax Reduction if you are responsible for paying Council Tax for your home (for further details regarding Council Tax Reduction please see: The Council Tax Reduction Scheme. If you rent your home and you pay council tax, you can apply for both.
People who are working full time, part time, are self-employed or retired can all claim Housing Benefit and Council Tax Reduction, as well as people who are unemployed or cannot work because of illness or because they are caring for someone.
If you are a full time student or a person that has come from abroad there may be further criteria you need to meet to claim benefit. For more information please refer to the Student- Frequently Asked Questions at the bottom of this page.
You might be on a low income if you (and your partner) receive:
• A low wage for working full or part time or
• State benefits e.g. Income Support, Jobseeker’s Allowance, Pension Credit, Employment and Support Allowance, Incapacity Benefit, Statutory Sick Pay, Maternity Pay or Retirement Pension.
Unless you are entitled to Guarantee Pension Credit, savings and investments over £16,000, including your partner’s, will exclude you from receiving Housing Benefit and Council Tax Reduction.
• For those of working age all savings and investments between £6,000 and £16,000 are taken into account in the calculation of entitlement.
• For those of pensionable age all savings and investments between £10,000 and £16,000 are taken into account in the calculation of entitlement.
To apply or find out more, please contact Benefit Services on: 023 8083 3009.