You may be entitled to housing benefit if you pay rent for your home and have a low income, receive job seeker's allowance, income support, employment and support allowance or pension credit.
From April 2013, if you rent your home from a social housing landlord (also referred to as a public sector landlord), such the council or a housing association, and you are of working age, your Housing Benefit may be cut if it's considered you have more bedrooms than you actually need.
See the Welfare reform page for more details.
If you have changed address or moved home you need to let us know your new details by completing the change of address form.
If you currently receive housing benefit and there is a change in any of your personal circumstances, you must let us know as soon as possible.
If you are on a low income and paying rent, you may be entitled to housing benefit.
The discretionary housing payment (DHP) scheme provides claimants with further financial assistance with their housing costs and council tax.
If you are currently receiving housing benefit or council tax benefit we will check entitlement to your benefit from time to time.
An overpayment is an amount of housing benefit that has been paid to you, to which you are not entitled. This usually happens when your circumstances have changed but you have not told us.
If you have received a decision about housing benefit and think it is wrong you can dispute it.
Local Housing Allowance (LHA) is a way of working out new claims for housing benefit for tenants renting accommodation from a private landlord.
Additional forms to support your claim
At times we may need to ask you for more information to support your claim for benefit and you will need to fill in an additional form. We will tell you what form we need in the letter we send you. You can download the forms on the: