You can only apply for Housing Benefit if you are in one of the following groups:
- people with three or more dependent children up until 31 January 2019. After this date, any new claims will be made through Universal Credit if you need help with rent and living costs
- people of state pension age
- people living in Specified Accommodation who need care, support and supervision
- people who have been placed in temporary accommodation by the Local Authority
- people entitled to a severe disability premium within their benefits can also claim Housing Benefit
If you have made a claim for Universal Credit you can apply for help with your Council Tax by claiming Council Tax Support.
How to make a claim
To make a claim you can apply online or download and complete a paper application form. If you have made a claim for Universal Credit you can apply for help with your Council Tax by claiming Council Tax Support.
Things to remember when making a claim
- submit your application as soon as you move in
- answer all questions that apply or your entitlement cannot be worked out
- provide items of proof we ask for, as we cannot pay your benefit until we have seen it
- submit the form as soon as possible and send in proof later
- only complete one form if you are married or living with someone as though you are married. Your partner’s details are required
We try to prioritise the most important changes to make sure your Housing Benefit and Council Tax Support is correct and up to date. It may however take a few weeks to work out your entitlement at busy times.
It may be a good idea to tell your landlord when you have submitted your claim.
If you qualify for help we will contact you as soon as possible. We will also contact you if you do not qualify for any help.
When does your benefit start?
Your benefit entitlement usually starts from the Monday after we have received your application form.
Average processing time
As long as you provide all information requested of you, we aim to process your claim within 6 weeks.
Help managing money and debt
Citizens Advice Wirral can offer help and advice if you are having difficulty paying bills or struggling with other debts.