You can claim Housing Benefit if you are on a low income and pay rent. If you make a new claim, your benefit will be based on the Local Housing Allowance for the area you live in if you rent privately
You can claim Council Tax Reduction if you are on a low income and pay Council tax. If you are entitled, your council tax bill will be reduced.
All new Housing Benefit claims for privately rented tenancies are based on a Local Housing Allowance rate and these are set by the Valuation Office each April.
A list of the dates that we will normally send fortnightly and 4 weekly Housing Benefit Payments.
How you can help to stop Benefit fraud.
There are a number of discounts that can reduce your Council Tax which are separate from Council Tax Reduction. Discounts are based on the circumstances of people living in the property for example single person discount. Exemptions are based on the property for example if the property is empty an exemption could apply. Some exemptions from council tax are based on who lives in the property for example, members of a religious order.
It is important that you tell us about any changes in your situation for example changes to your income, capital, rent and the people living with you. You can use our online form to tell us about changes.
Find out if you might be entitled to Housing Benefit and Council Tax Reduction and make a claim online.
Please note: the calculator will give you an indication as to how much you could receive. Your actual entitlement will only be known when your claim has been worked out by the Benefits Service.
You can find more information about Housing Benefit or Council tax Reduction scheme on GOV.UK (external website).
There are other benefits that you can claim that can help if you are unemployed or disabled or on a low income. There are links to gov.uk, the Government's website.
General advice for landlords about the how Housing Benefit is calculated and paid.
Companies who charge for helping you claim benefits
We are aware of at least one company who offers free benefits advice and who will help you make a claim for benefit. They will charge you 40% or 45% of any back paid award you receive on a no win, no fee basis. This could be for any state benefit but particularly the benefits related to disability.
There is no need for you to pay for this help. Wealden's Benefits Service will help you to make a claim or will tell you who can help. Any help or advice we give you is free, as is the help from organisations we can refer you to.