Housing Benefit

You may be able to get help with your rent if you are on other benefits, work part-time or work full-time on a low income. You cannot get Housing Benefit to help with the costs of a mortgage or home loan. If you are an owner-occupier, you may be able to get help with your mortgage interest through Universal Credit,Income Support, income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance or Pension Credit. If you are eligible to claim Universal Credit, you will get help with your rent included in your monthly Universal Credit payment therefore you will be unable to claim Housing Benefit. 

Important changes

The Government is making further changes to the benefits system which could affect your entitlement to claim Housing Benefit (also called Local Housing Allowance, for tenants renting from a landlord in the private sector).

Universal credit is being introduced in the Bassetlaw area. This will replace income support, income-based jobseekers allowance , income-based employment support allowance, child tax credit, working tax credit and housing benefit. If your circumstances change and you are thinking of claiming Housing Benefit, please check first to see if you should now be claiming universal credit instead.

Visit https://universalcreditinfo.net/ and enter your postcode to see whether you can claim universal credit.

When will this affect me?

If you are making a new claim to Housing Benefit or have a relevant change of circumstances, the changes will affect you from the date of your new or revised entitlement. universal credit is claimed online at https://www.gov.uk/universal-credit/how-to-claim.

What do I need to make a claim?

  • Email address
  • Mobile Phone
  • Identity Check – through Gov.uk Verify
  • Tenancy agreement – Do you have an up to date one?
  • A Bank Account in your name

Where to go for more information

If you need help with making an on-line claim for either Housing Benefit or Universal Credit, or do not have access to the internet, you can get assistance from the Council at Queens Buildings, Worksop or 17b The Square Retford.

You can also claim Universal Credit or get advice about it by phoning the DWP Universal Credit helpline 0345 600 0723.

Want more information about what you can claim? Visit: https://www.gov.uk/benefits-calculators

If you have checked your postcode and are not eligible to claim Universal Credit from the DWP, then you can still make a claim for Housing Benefit.

You can still make a claim for help with your Council Tax, from the Council, even if you get Universal Credit. You can do this on the form when you make a claim for Housing Benefit.