Housing benefit and council tax benefit are means-tested benefits that we administer on behalf of the Department of Works and Pensions. These benefits can help you to pay your rent and council tax if you are on a low income.
Housing benefit provides help towards rent for people on low incomes.
You may be able to claim housing benefit to help you pay your rent if you are living in:
You cannot claim housing benefit if you (and/or your partner) have more than £16,000 in savings, unless you are over 60 and get the guaranteed pension credit.
The amount of benefit paid is determined by your personal circumstances, your income and also your household.
Once your claim has been received, it will be processed and you will receive a notification letter explaining your entitlement and the details used in the calculation.
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