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.

Council tax support and housing benefit are means tested benefits. This means that your income and savings are taken into consideration when an application is considered. The evidence you will need to provide is shown in our 'standards of evidence' document.

You should apply straightaway if you think you are eligible for a 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.

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. Any support awarded will be deducted from your council tax bill. 

If you are claiming Universal Credit you will still need to apply for council tax support.

The easiest way to apply for council tax support is to complete our online claim form.

Housing benefit

Housing benefit is for people on low income to help them pay their rent. It is usually paid straight into your bank account.

If you are entitled to Universal Credit this would include support for housing costs and you will not receive housing benefit.

The easiest way to apply for housing benefit is to complete our online claim form.