Housing Benefit and Council Tax Support are paid by Local Authorities to help towards the cost of your rent and Council Tax. Other emergency and short-term financial assistance is also available through the Welfare Support Scheme.
Follow the links below for more information about benefits...
Find out if you need to claim Universal Credit instead of other benefits.
Help towards paying rent for people on a low income – find out if you qualify.
Help towards paying Council Tax for people on a low income – find out if you qualify.
How to make a claim, what information you'll need to provide, and what happens once you've applied.
What changes you need to tell us about and how to get in touch.
Extra help towards paying your rent - find out how to apply.
Further financial support to help pay for essential daily living needs, household items or bills – find out how to apply.
How to appeal if you disagree with a decision we've made about your benefit claim.
How to report that you suspect someone is claiming benefits they aren’t entitled to.
Application forms and leaflets available for you to download.
The Government limits the total amount of benefit that most working-age people can get – find out more.
Information about other types of benefit
Other benefits and grants such as Income Support, Jobseeker's Allowance, Universal Credit and winter fuel payments are administered by the Department for Work and Pensions. HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) deal with Child Benefit, Working Tax Credits and Child Tax Credits. Please visit the GOV.UK website for more information.
Further advice and support about accommodation
If you need support to help you keep your home, or if you are homeless and need support to find accommodation, you may be able to get this from the Supporting People service. For more information, please visit the Housing section.
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