Universal Credit has now been rolled out for new claimants in our area.

Most people who want to make a new claim will need to claim Universal Credit, but there are some exceptions.

Should I claim Housing Benefit or Universal Credit?

  • Are you of pension age?
  • Are you or your partner in receipt of a benefit which includes a severe disability premium and is someone is receipt of Carer's allowance for you or your partner?
  • Do you live in temporary accomodation?
  • Do you live in supported accomodation?

If the answer to any of these questions is Yes, you will need to claim Housing Benefit from us.

If you have answered No to all of these questions, you will need to apply for Universal Credit.


Universal Credit

Applications for Universal Credit are handled by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).

Apply for Universal Credit


Can I claim Council Tax Reduction?

  • Are you liable to pay a council tax bill?
  • Are you on a low income?
  • Do you have less than £6,000 in savings or less than £16,000 if you are of pension age? This does not apply to those in receipt of Income Support, Job Seekers Allowance (Income Based), Employment Support Allowance (Income Related) and Pension Credit Guarantee.

If the answer to all of these questions is Yes, you can claim Council Tax Reduction from the Council. Please note only one claim is required per household.

Apply for Housing Benefit and/or Council Tax Reduction


Housing Benefit and Council Tax Reduction

To apply for Housing Benefit and/or Council Tax Reduction from us, please use the button below:

Apply for Housing Benefit and/or Council Tax Reduction


Need More Information?

Contact the Benefits Team