Housing Benefit can help you meet the cost of your rent. You may qualify for benefit if you are on low income and your savings (joint savings if you have a partner) are £16,000.00 or less.
Housing Benefit has changed from 1st April 2013 for people who rent from a social sector landlord. Find out more here.
A limit will be put on the total amount of benefit that most people aged 16 to 64 can get. This is called a ‘benefit cap’. Westminster will be introducing this between 15 July and 30 September 2013. Find out more here.
From 1st April 2013 Council Tax Benefit is changing to Council Tax Support. In Westminster there are no changes to the way you receive your payment or to the amount you receive. If you are already receiving Council Tax Benefit you do not need to reapply as you will automatically qualify for the new support. Further information is available here.
Full details of Westminster's Council Tax Support Scheme.
Council Tax Support could help pay towards some, or all, of your Council Tax bill if you are on a low income, even if you own your own home. The maximum amount of Council Tax Support payable is 100% of the charge. The amount you will get will depend on your individual circumstances. This will include your age and whether you live alone. Your Council Tax Support will normally be deducted from the Council Tax bill that we send you.
You can get more information about Housing Benefit and Council Tax Support by visiting www.gov.uk. If you make a claim for Pension Credit, Income Support, Jobseeker's Allowance or Employment and Support Allowance you will be invited to also claim Housing Benefit and Council Tax Support.
Find out about Local Support Payments here.
Claim online for Housing Benefit and Council Tax Support.
You can email, phone, fax ,visit or write to the Benefits Office.
Use this form to report any changes in circumstances.
Use our online calculator to get an estimate of how much Housing Benefit or Council Tax Support you might be entitled to.
Get benefit advice - simply answer questions anonymously online about your savings, income and outgoings.
Find out the answers to other frequently asked questions about Housing Benefit and Council Tax Support.
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