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Applying for housing benefit

Applying for housing benefit

Find out how to apply, and whether you have to claim universal credit instead.

Apply for universal credit

Universal credit is being introduced in different areas at different times. To find out if you should apply for universal credit, check if your postcode is in the universal credit full-service area.

Apply for universal credit now.

Find out more information about universal credit.

Apply for a council tax reduction

You still need to apply for a council tax reduction from us, and not through universal credit.

Housing benefit

You still have to claim housing benefit if any of the following are true:

You can claim housing benefit if all of the following apply:

  • you’re liable to pay rent

  • you have savings of less than £16,000 (unless you getting pension credit)

  • you get income support, jobseeker’s allowance (income-based) or pension credit, or you are living on a low income.

If you live in supported, exempt or temporary accommodation

If you live in supported, exempt or temporary accommodation provided by the council you need to:

Check your entitlement to housing benefit

Documents we need to see

See a list of documents we need to see when we process your application.

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