Applying for housing benefit
Many think they have too much
money coming in to qualify but because it depends on a number of
factors – not just income – it’s worth checking out.
Completing a housing benefit
You can get an application form from
your local housing office or local authority. Make sure you get a
receipt as proof when handing it in, just in case it goes
Don’t be put off by the size of the
form. If you’re unsure how to fill it in, your Neighbourhood
Housing Officer can give you a hand. You can make your claim for
housing benefit by simply calling your local council. Some will
even be able to fill it in with you over the phone.
What if my situation changes?
Any income changes, such as savings or
benefits, as well as changes to the number of people in your
household need to be reported straight away as they can affect your
entitlement. You should be report this to the housing
benefit department at your local council.
I'm on housing benefit but still
If you are receiving housing benefit
but still finding it difficult to meet rent payments, you can apply
for a Discretionary Housing Payment. This is a limited payment for
those in financial difficulties to help them to manage in the short
term. This is extra help and you can claim it from your local