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Help with rent

Most people should now claim help with rent from Universal Credit (they call it 'housing costs')

But if:

  • you live in supported or temporary accommodation; or
  • you are receiving one of these benefits and it includes a Severe Disability Premium -
    • income-based Jobseeker's Allowance
    • income-related Employment Support Allowance
    • Income Support

 Claim help with rent from us instead.

If you or your partner are pension-age, you either claim help with rent from us or you claim help with rent from Universal Credit - it depends on your circumstances

Help with council tax 

We help with council tax through Council Tax Support

If you are one of the people who get help with rent from us, we will work out if you can get Council Tax Support at the same time. You don't need to make a separate claim.

If you are working-age and already getting help with rent from Universal Credit, make sure you make a separate claim for Council Tax Support with us if you haven't already. Claim Council Tax Support

If you are working-age and awarded Council Tax Support during the Council Tax year from 1 April 2020 to 31 March 2021, you will also be eligible for a special hardship payment of up to £150.

If you are working age and about to make a new claim for Universal Credit, read these rules to find out how to claim Council Tax Support.

If you are Pension Credit-age and need help with council tax, claim Council Tax Support. We will check if you would be better off on another benefit called Second Adult Rebate when we work out your Council Tax Support. Read about Second Adult Rebate

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