Housing benefit is a benefit to help you pay your rent if you are on a low income.
Anyone who has capital over £16,000 will be disqualified from housing benefit except if they receive Pension Credit Guaranteed Credit (PCGC).
You may qualify for full housing benefit if you receive:
- Income Support
- Jobseekers Allowance (Income Based)
- Employment and Support Allowance (Income Related)
- Pension Credit (guaranteed)
You can apply for these benefits at your local Job Centre or through the Pensions Service. There are special rules for students and for various other types of residence, such as residential care, for more detail go to the further info section.
Owner-occupiers may be able to get help from the Department for Work and Pensions with their mortgage interest if they receive Income Support, Income-Based Jobseeker's Allowance or Income Related Employment and Support Allowance or Pension Credit.
For information on how to apply for housing benefit, go to the apply section.