Housing Benefit (England, Scotland and Wales) - How do I claim Housing Benefit?
Housing Benefit is money to help you with your housing costs if you are on a low income. Housing Benefit is being replaced by Universal Credit.
How do I claim Housing Benefit?
Contact your local council to find out how they need you to claim. Some provide a paper claim form, others take claims online or over the phone.
What documents will I need to claim Housing Benefit?
When you claim Housing Benefit, you must give your national insurance number and evidence of who you are, for example, a birth certificate or driving licence. You also need to give evidence that you must pay the rent, for example, your rent book or tenancy agreement.
You might need to give evidence of your income and savings, for example, bank statements or pay slips.
When will my Housing Benefit claim begin?
Housing Benefit can be backdated for up to one month if you would have been entitled to it earlier. You have to show a good reason for not claiming sooner. Request this when claiming.
If you and your partner are over 66 and you are not getting Income Support or income-based Jobseeker's Allowance, your claim can be backdated for up to three months. It does not matter why your claim is late. Request this when claiming.
Change of circumstances
You must report changes in your circumstances which might affect your entitlement to this benefit.
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