How to claim
Housing Benefit is being replaced by Universal Credit. Most people will need to claim Universal Credit instead.
Check if you’re eligible for Housing Benefit before you apply.
You can either apply:
You’ll need to provide evidence to support your Housing Benefit claim.
If you’re applying for Pension Credit
You can apply for Housing Benefit as part of your Pension Credit application.
Apply for Pension Credit online or contact the Pension Service to claim.
The Pension Service will send details of your claim for Housing Benefit to your council.
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
If you’re unhappy with a housing benefit decision, you can challenge the decision by:
- asking the council to review their decision
- appealing against it at a tribunal
Get help and advice when appealing a decision
You can get free help and advice from:
You can also seek advice from a legal adviser or solicitor.