Housing Benefit

Overview

Housing Benefit helps you pay your rent if you're on a low income and your savings and investments are below a certain level. Claiming Housing Benefit will not affect any other benefits you get.

If you or you partner are of working age, not already claiming and need help with your rent, you will need to claim Universal Credit, unless:

  • you or your partner are of state pension credit qualifying age
  • you live in specified accommodation where you receive care and support from your landlord, or
  • you live in temporary accommodation, or
  • you are entitled to Severe Disability Premium (SDP)

How much you are entitled to depends on your personal circumstances, you can use benefit calculators for an idea of what you might be entitled to. More information about pension credit is available on a pension credit factsheet.

Page last updated: 11 March 2019
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