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Claim Housing Benefit and Local Council Tax Support

Criteria for claiming Housing Benefit

After Wednesday, 16 May 2018 you can only claim Housing Benefit if you meet one or more of the following criteria. If you don't meet these you'll need to claim Universal Credit to get help to pay your rent.

  • You live in temporary or specified accommodation.
  • You're over state pension credit age.
  • Within the last month you've been paid a Severe Disability Premium in your benefits. You may have had this if you get Personal Independence Payment, Disability Living Allowance, Attendance Allowance or Armed Forces Independence Payment.

Find out how to apply for Universal Credit

Calculate and claim Housing Benefit

​​Use the calculator for an instant estimate of how much benefit you may be entitled to, then you can choose to make a claim. Your estimate will be based on the information you've supplied. 

If you or your partner have savings over £16,000 between you, we can't award any Housing Benefit or Local Council Tax Support, unless you get Pension Credit - Guarantee.

Information you may need to support your benefit claim.​

Benefit processing times and service standards.Calculate and claim Housing Benefit, Local Council Tax Support and Seco​nd Adult Rebate​



0300 303 8870

Phone: Monday-Friday 8.30am-5.30pm.
Closed for training Monday 11am-11.30am.

Postal address
Revenues and Benefits Service
PO Box 490
Rochdale OL16 9AJ