Housing benefit is paid to people with low incomes to help them pay their rent. However, it is now being replaced with University Credit. New claims can be made only by those groups listed below.
Only the following people are now eligible to apply for Housing Benefit:
Couples can only claim Housing Benefit if both have reached state pension age or one person has reached State Pension age and started claiming Housing Benefit or Pension Credit (for the couple) before 15 May 2019.
This depends on a number of factors, such as the type and size of the property you rent, your personal and financial circumstances and the amount of rent charged. You can use the benefits adviser to get an estimate of how much you could receive.
You can claim Housing Benefit when you make a claim for Employment and Support Allowance, Income Support and Jobseeker's Allowance. If you are not claiming benefits you can obtain a Housing Benefit claim form from your local council.
More information about Housing Benefit is available from the Government information website.