Manchester City Council

Benefits & Support Online benefit claim and calculator

Work out and claim Housing Benefit and help with Council Tax

  • Follow these three steps to work out and claim benefits; or
  • Use the online calculator to see how changes in circumstances would affect what you get.

Step 1
Check if you can use this online service

You can use this service online unless: 

  • You are claiming Second Adult Rebate (money off your bill if you live with someone on a low income who is not your partner, a joint-tenant or a joint-owner of the property): claim on an All benefits paper form. From 1 April 2014, only pension-age people can claim Second Adult Rebate. You can't claim it if you are working age.
  • You are only claiming free school meals or a secondary school clothing grant: claim on an Education benefits paper form.

Step 2
Are you also going to claim Income Support, Job Seekers' Allowance, Employment Support Allowance or Pension Credit?

YES: Please claim with Job Centre Plus or the Pension Service instead. Tell them you want to claim Housing Benefit.

We (the Benefits Service) will send you a short form about help with your Council Tax.

NO: Go to Step 3.

Step 3
Are you already claiming Housing Benefit, or Council Tax Support, or both, from us?

You are a student: see Benefits for students for more details but claim on an All benefits paper form

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