How to claim
Housing Benefit is being replaced by Universal Credit. Most people will need to claim Universal Credit instead.
Check you’re eligible for Housing Benefit before you apply.
How you claim Housing Benefit depends on whether you’re also making a new claim for any other benefits.
You’ll need to provide evidence to support your claim.
If you’re only applying for Housing Benefit
Apply through your local council if you’re only making a new claim for Housing Benefit. You can still make a new claim if you’re already getting other benefits.
If you’re applying for other benefits
You can claim Housing Benefit as part of your application for other benefits. How you apply for Housing Benefit depends on which benefit you’re applying for.
Employment and Support Allowance, Income Support or Jobseeker’s Allowance
Contact Jobcentre Plus to claim Housing Benefit along with your application for the following benefits:
- Employment and Support Allowance
- Income Support
- Jobseeker’s Allowance
Jobcentre Plus will send details of your claim for Housing Benefit to your council.
Contact the Pension Service to claim Housing Benefit along with your application for Pension Credit.
The Pension Service will send details of your claims for Housing Benefit to your council.
You usually cannot get Universal Credit and Housing Benefit at the same time (unless you’re in certain kinds of supported or temporary housing). You can get help paying for housing with your Universal Credit payment instead. You’ll have to pay rent to your landlord directly.
Claiming in advance and backdating
You can claim in advance by up to 13 weeks (or 17 weeks if you’re aged 60 or over), for example if you’re moving. You will not usually get any money before you move.
You might also be able to get your claim backdated - ask your council.
Appeal a decision
You can ask your council for a Housing Benefit decision to be reconsidered.
If you’re unhappy with the response you can appeal the decision.