You can claim Housing Benefit if you have not claimed Universal Credit and you are responsible for paying rent for where you are living.
You can make a claim for housing benefit whether you are working or claiming other benefits (not Universal Credit).
Special rules will apply to some people who claim housing benefit and you may not qualify for benefit if you are:
If you fall into one of these categories you should contact us for more information.
You will not qualify for housing benefit if you have more than £16,000 in savings unless you are getting the Guarantee Credit element of Pension Credit.
If you are in receipt of Income Support, income related Employment and Support Allowance or income based Job Seekers Allowance you will normally qualify for housing benefit if you make an application.
If you are working then your application will need to be assessed to see if you qualify but as an example a single person, over 25, living alone would qualify for some housing benefit if they had an income of £180 after tax and were paying an eligible rent of £80.
Whether you are working or not how much you are paid will depend on
Use the benefit calculator to see what you might be entitled to »
Our staff can accept housing benefit claims over the telephone or in person. We no longer ask applicants to fill in a paper application form.
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