Housing Benefit

You might be able to claim Housing Benefit if you:

  • are on a low income - whether you are working or on other benefits,
  • pay rent,
  • have less than £16,000 in savings/capital/shares, and
  • are not claiming Universal Credit

Before you make a claim for Housing Benefit, you must first check to see if you are eligible to claim Universal Credit instead. This is a new benefit that will eventually replace Housing Benefit for working age people. However, at the moment, it is only available to certain groups of people.

If you are eligible to claim Universal Credit, you cannot claim Housing Benefit. However, if you are not eligible to claim Universal Credit and want to apply for Housing Benefit, click here

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The amount of Housing Benefit you can claim depends on a number of things:

  • the amount of rent you pay
  • if you rent privately or from a Housing Association (such as Wakefield and District Housing)
  • your household, income, and savings. This includes income of any other adults living with you who are not your partner
  • whether you are affected by the benefit cap 
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How much could I be entitled to?

This depends on your personal circumstances. You can use our online calculator to find out how much you could qualify for.

The amount we can pay up to depends on the number of bedrooms the government says you need. You are entitled to one bedroom for each of the following:

  • two people living as a couple
  • a single person over the age of 16
  • two children under the age of 10 (regardless of their sex)
  • two children of the same sex aged under 16 years
  • any other child
  • any grown up children away at University, or serving in the Armed Forces (if they lived with you before they went away, return here during leave/holidays and in the case of students they intend to return when their course ends)*
  • a non-resident overnight carer*

*you need to tell us about this in order for them to be considered as they may not be included as part of your claim.

If you rent your home from a Housing Association or Social Landlord, are under State Pension Age, and you are considered to have more bedrooms than you need, your benefit may be reduced by 14% for one extra bedroom, or 25 per cent for two or more bedrooms.

If you rent from a private landlord, the amount of rent we can pay up to is often referred to as Local Housing Allowance (LHA). This is based on the number of bedrooms needed by your household and the level of rent for that number of bedrooms as set by The Rent Service.

 

More information about housing benefit

Housing Benefit Appeals

We aim to make the right decision when working out your entitlement. However, if you think a decision we have made is wrong, you can:

  • ask us to explain it
  • ask us to look at it again
  • appeal against it

For more informationabout how to do this see Reviews and Appeals