If you are having difficulty paying your rent and/or Council Tax costs, you can apply for benefits. You can apply for either benefit or for both of them providing you have a liability to pay rent and Council Tax.
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 make a claim for Universal Credit (UC).
If you claim or receive UC and you pay rent, your housing costs will be paid by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP). If you need help with Council Tax please complete the form below.
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.