People on low incomes can claim benefits to help them pay council tax or rent.

The two main types of benefit you can receive are council tax support and housing benefit.

Please use our online benefits calculator to see which benefits you may be entitled to before completing a claim form. The online calculator covers all benefits including Universal Credit.

Standards of evidence

Council tax support and housing benefit is a means tested benefit. This means that your income and savings are taken into consideration when applying.

The evidence you will need to provide is shown in our standards of evidence.

Changes in your circumstances

You should apply straightaway if you think you are eligible for council tax support and housing benefit as it is not always possible to backdate payments. 

You should also let us know immediately if your circumstances change as any overpayment must be paid back to the council.