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Housing Benefit and Council Tax Support

Housing Benefit is a national welfare benefit that helps people on low income, or other state benefits, meet their rent costs.

Published: 2 December 2020

Last updated: 4 March 2021

Housing Benefit

Housing Benefit is a national welfare benefit that helps people on low income, or other state benefits, meet their rent costs. 

You may qualify for benefit if you are on a low income and your savings (joint savings if you have a partner) are £16,000 or less. 

A cap will be put on the total amount of benefit that most people aged 16 to 64 can get.

Find out more about the ‘benefit cap’.

Council Tax Support

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. 

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Information on Council Tax Support PDF, 224.47 KB, 7 pages

How to make a claim

You can get more information about claiming Housing Benefit and Council Tax Support by visiting GOV.UK.

If you make a claim for Pension Credit, Income Support, Jobseeker's Allowance or Employment and Support Allowance, you will also be asked to claim Housing Benefit and Council Tax Support. 

Both Housing Benefit and Council Tax Support are means tested benefits. When we work out how much benefit you are entitled to receive, we have to take into account your income, capital, any savings or investments that you have and any other people that live with you. 

Read our guide to Housing Benefit and Council Tax