Who can claim housing benefit?
Anyone who falls into one of the categories detailed earlier and has to pay rent can claim housing benefit.
- have a partner or be single
- be employed or self-employed
- get other social security benefits
But, people with more than £16,000 in savings may not get housing benefit even if their income is low.
Full-time students cannot claim housing benefit unless they are:
- lone parents
- getting Income Support
- Job Seekers Allowance Income Based - known as JSA (IB)
- Employment and Support Allowance Income Related - known as ESA (IR)
- or they have a partner and have dependant children, or are responsible for a child boarded out with them.
- Apply for benefits online
- Benefits calculator
- What is housing benefit?
- When and how do I claim housing benefit?
- How do we work out housing benefits?
- What if I disagree with the way the council works out my benefit? Can I appeal?
- How do we pay housing benefit?
- Will other adults living in my home affect my housing benefit?
- Can I claim benefit on two homes when moving?
- Benefits - fraud investigation
- What is a Discretionary Housing Payment?
- What local bank information and proof of identification is required?
- What is Welfare Reform?
- Can I get any other financial help?
- Can hostel residents apply for housing benefit?
- Important information for new housing association and council tenants under the age of 35 on 1 April 2020
- Universal Credit
- Local Housing Allowance
- Local Council Tax Support
- Help with council tax
- Help for older people