If you are unsure about your entitlement to Housing Benefit or Council Tax Support please try one of the calculators available on the Gov.uk website:
If you then wish to make a claim, please go to the How can I claim benefit page which has further information.
Please note that the benefit calculator will give you an estimate of how much benefit you might be entitled to. Your actual entitlement to benefit will be decided once your claim has been assessed by the Benefits Section.
The maximum amount of Housing Benefit payable is:
- 100% of your eligible rent (after any ineligible service charges)
- If you are not working, your maximum housing benefit will be restricted so that the most you can receive in all benefits paid will be £500 per week for a couple or family or £350 for a single person.
The minimum amount of Housing Benefit payable is 50p per week . The amount of benefit you receive will depend on your household income, capital, family circumstances and whether you are subject to the benefit cap.
Your rent may be restricted if you are over accommodated. If you are renting from a private landlord, your maximum housing benefit will be based on Local Housing Allowance rates. Your benefit may be reduced if you have other adults living with you - such as grown up sons and daughters. These deductions are called ‘Non-dependant’ deductions. You will be responsible for paying the difference between the actual rent payable and the amount of benefit awarded.