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Housing Benefit and Local Council Tax Support

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Claim benefits

Check how much Housing Benefit and Council Tax Support you're entitled to before making a claim. You might be entitled to more than you think.

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Report changes to your circumstances

You must tell us if there's any change to the information you've told us.

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Local Housing Allowance

Find out the maximum amount we'll pay if you rent from a private landlord.

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Forms for benefits, discounts and exemptions

Find the relevant form to make a claim. 

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Evidence to support your benefit claim

What information you need to provide when completing your online claim for benefits.

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Housing Benefit and landlords

Information for landlords about Housing Benefit.

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Backdating Housing Benefit

Claims for Housing Benefit can sometimes be backdated to start from an earlier date. Find out how to request a backdated claim.

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Overpaid Housing Benefit

What to do if you've been overpaid Housing Benefit.

Additional help with housing
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Additional help with housing costs 

You may be able to get a Discretionary Housing Payment (DHP) if your Housing Benefit doesn't cover all of your rent and you're having difficulty paying the shortfall.

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Appeal a benefits decision

If you think our decision is wrong you have the right to appeal a decision about a benefit claim.

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Report fraud

If you think someone is committing fraud report it.

MyAccount services

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Did you know you can use MyAccount to access your Council Tax and benefit services? It's free to use, safer and you'll be able to access your account whenever you'd like.

Council Tax services include:

  • Set up or amend your Direct Debit details
  • View or change your instalment plan
  • Report a change of address
  • Check your Council Tax band
  • Apply for a single person discount
  • Check your Council Tax balance
  • Sign-up for e-Billing

Benefit services include:

  • Check your benefit entitlement
  • View benefit payments
  • Report a change of circumstances

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