Criteria for claiming Housing Benefit
After Wednesday, 16 May 2018 you can only claim Housing Benefit if you meet one or more of the following criteria. If you don't meet these you'll need to claim Universal Credit to get help to pay your rent.
- You live in one of the following postcode areas: BL9 6, BL9 7 or OL12 8
- You have 3 or more children
- You live in temporary or specified accommodation
- You are over state pension credit age
Find out how to apply for Universal Credit
Calculate and claim Housing Benefit
Use the calculator for an instant estimate of how much benefit you may be entitled to, then you can choose to make a claim. Your estimate will be based on the information you've supplied.
If you or your partner have savings over £16,000 between you, we can't award any Housing Benefit or Local Council Tax Support, unless you get Pension Credit - Guarantee.
Information you may need to support your benefit claim.