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Housing Benefit (England, Scotland and Wales) - What is Housing Benefit?

Find out more about Housing Benefit (England, Scotland and Wales).

What is Housing Benefit?

Housing Benefit is money to help you with your housing costs if you are on a low income. It can help can help with rent and some service charges.

You could qualify for this help whether you are in or out of work.

The amount of Housing Benefit you get may be restricted by the Local Housing Allowance Rate in your area if you are a private tenant, and could be restricted by the  number of bedrooms you have 'Bedroom Tax'  if you are a social tenant.

A Benefit Cap may be applied to your Housing Benefit if the total amount of certain benefits that you get is more than a specified amount, your Housing Benefit could be reduced in this case.

You cannot get Housing Benefit to help with the costs of a mortgage or home loan. If you own the home you live in, you may be able to get help with your mortgage interest if you are getting Income Support, income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance, income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) or Pension Credit.

Applies to: England, Scotland and Wales
If you live in Northern Ireland, see our Housing Benefit (Northern Ireland) guide.

Age rules: There are no specific age rules that affect Housing Benefit entitlement but you must be old enough to enter into a tenancy agreement.

Type of benefit: Means-tested

Taxable: No

Administered by: Your local council


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