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Housing Benefit

Housing benefit is paid by the government to help you meet costs if you are struggling to pay the rent on your home
What is Housing Benefit?

Housing Benefit is a payment that is made to people on low incomes to help them to pay their rent. It is available for people both in and out of work.

Who can claim Housing Benefit?

You can claim Housing Benefit if you are on a low income. However, the following groups of people cannot claim Housing Benefit:

If you are single and under the age of 35 you will not qualify for Housing Benefit unless you live in a bedsit or one room of a shared house. Exceptions to these rules do apply, so you should check your eligibility with your local council.

How much is Housing Benefit?

This depends on a number of factors, such as the type and size of the property you rent, your personal and financial circumstances and the amount of rent charged. You can use the benefits adviser to get an estimate of how much you could receive.

How do I claim Housing Benefit?

You can claim Housing Benefit when you make a claim for Employment and Support Allowance, Income Support and Jobseeker's Allowance. If you are not claiming benefits you can obtain a Housing Benefit claim form from your local council.

Where can I find out more about Housing Benefit?

More information about Housing Benefit is available from the Government information website.