If you are on a low income and paying rent or council tax, you may be entitled to housing benefit or council tax support. Use the benefit calculator and claim form to apply for housing benefit and/or council tax support.

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Who can use this service

Housing benefit

If you get income-based jobseeker's allowance or income support, you may get your full eligible rent paid.

If you do not get income-based jobseeker's allowance, income related employment and support allowance, guaranteed pension credit or income support, you may still get your full eligible rent paid.

If you do not get any of these benefits, the amount of housing benefit you may receive depends on:

  • the amount of rent you pay
  • how many people live with you
  • your personal circumstances
  • how much money you have coming in
  • how much you have in savings.

Council tax support

You can apply for council tax support if you have a low income, even if you are working. Council tax support means you pay a reduced amount of council tax or no council tax. Council tax support is not given automatically – you must make a claim.

If you are of working age, you cannot get Housing Benefit if you have savings of £16,000 or more. For Council Tax Support, the figure is £10,000 or more.

Some people and properties are exempt from council tax. People who do not meet the criteria for council tax support may still be able to apply to reduce their council tax. Read our guide to reducing your council tax for more information.

Housing Benefit and Council Tax Support calculator

Use our calculator to find out how much Housing Benefit or Council Tax Support you may be entitled to.

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Universal Credit

Some residents will be eligible for Universal Credit instead of housing benefit. You can find out more information here: https://universalcreditinfo.net/ or by phoning One Lambeth Advice.

You'll need to make a separate Council Tax Support application if you're claiming Universal Credit.

What you need to know...

You will need to provide documents to support your claim - see what documents are needed to make a housing benefit claim.