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

Council tax support is a means tested benefit (income and savings are taken into consideration) which will help you to pay your council tax. Any benefit awarded is deducted from your council tax bill.

Housing benefit is also a means tested benefit which will help you pay your rent. Any benefit awarded is paid straight into your bank account or by cheque.

Benefit calculator

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.

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.

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.

Need some support?

Connect to Support Hampshire has links to organisations that can help with a wide range of money-related issues including debt, emergency food and keeping our home warm.

Mental Wellbeing Hampshire is a partnership of organisations working to support good mental health and wellbeing in our communities.

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We participate in the national fraud initiative which is a data matching exercise to assist in the prevention and detection of fraud.

For more information, please see our privacy policy.