Backdating can only be considered for a maximum of one month if you are of working-age and up to three months if you are of pension age.In this section you can find out if you entitled to any benefit and/or reduction, apply for housing benefit or council tax reduction , view local housing allowance (LHA) rates, report fraud and view information for landlords with tenants on benefits.Housing Benefit is available to people on a low income who are renting their homes to help them to afford to pay the rent.
How to apply Telephone: 03Please note: all applications are telephone only. Proof of identity will be required in order to receive any provision.
We may carry out follow up visits as part of our quality checks and fraud control.
Remember your claim will be processed quicker if you supply all the necessary supporting information required as soon as possible.
Funding for emergency and grant provision is limited.
If your rent is more than the LHA rate for your property you cannot get Housing Benefit on the amount of rent higher than the LHA rate.
Housing Benefit is a national welfare benefit administered by local councils on behalf of the Government.If you wish to make payments to the council, use the Pay It link on the left.Go to the Self Service System You can now update your details and inform us of any change to your benefits and income online.If you move into a new home and claim Housing Benefit in the same week, your claim may start from the day you move in.If you want to backdate your claim to an earlier date, you will need to demonstrate a good reason for not making your claim earlier.These figures vary depending on your circumstances.