Benefits

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.

Council Tax support

If you are on a low income you may be eligible for Council Tax support to help pay your Council Tax bill. This is a means tested benefit and the council will look at your income and savings before deciding whether you qualify. Any support awarded will be deducted from your Council Tax bill.

Our online benefits calculator will help you decide whether you may be eligible for this support as well as advising you on other kinds of welfare support that you may be entitled to. You can’t claim support for second homes.

The easiest way to apply for Council Tax support is to complete our online claim form. This is an intuitive form that guides you through the claim process and advises you on the evidence that you will need to produce to support your claim.

You should apply straightaway if you think you are eligible for Council Tax support 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.

Housing Benefit

Housing Benefit is for people on low income to help them pay their rent. It is a means tested benefit, which means that your income and savings are taken into consideration when an application is considered. It is usually paid straight into your bank account.

Our online benefits calculator will help you decide whether you may be entitled to Housing Benefit.

In the Havant area, there are now some postcode areas where support for housing costs is included in Universal Credit and our online benefits calculator will advise you which benefits you may be entitled to.

The easiest way to apply for Housing Benefit is to complete our online claim form.