Benefits and Reductions

Housing Benefit - am I entitled and how do I claim?
Housing Benefit helps people on low income pay their rent. You can claim Housing Benefit if you are working but your earnings are low or if you are receiving state benefits. Find out more about your entitlements.
Council Tax Reduction - am I entitled and how do I claim?
The scheme helps people on low income with their Council Tax. Find out how to apply.
Changes to Housing Benefit and Council Tax Reduction
The way Housing Benefit is calculated is changing. These changes are likely to affect you and your household, so it's important to be aware of them.
Change in circumstances
If you receive Housing Benefit and/or Council Tax Reductions, we need to know about any changes in your circumstances as it may affect the amount you are entitled to
Forms
A comprehensive list of forms for applications made regarding Housing Benefit and Council Tax Reduction. Download and use to apply for or amend a claim..
Housing Benefit Overpayments
Overpaying of benefits or allowance will in most cases result in the money needing to be paid back if your circumstances have changed.
Council Tax Reduction - Overpayments
Overpayment of benefits, reductions or allowances will in most cases result in the money needing to be paid back if your circumstances have changed. Find information here.
Benefit Appeals and Decisions
We have a process for claimants who wish to appeal or ask for decisions to be reconsidered, with regard to housing benefit.
Council Tax Reduction Appeals and Decisions
We have a process for claimants who wish to appeal or ask for decisions to be reconsidered, with regard to council tax.
Local Housing Allowance
Local Housing Allowance (LHA) is paid to tenants on low incomes renting from private landlords. Find out more about your entitlements and the amounts you can claim.
Non-Dependants
A guide to who can be classed as a non-dependant resident and their effect on entitlement to Housing Benefit and Council Tax Reduction
Self Employment
Find out how self-employment affects claims for Council Tax Reduction or Housing Benefit.
Discretionary Housing Payments
We are able to make extra payments if your Housing Benefit is less than the full amount of rent that you have to pay.
Absence from Home
Being absent from your home on a temporary basis may effect claims for benefits for Council Tax and Housing Benefit.
Housing Benefit Fraud
We take a pro-active approach to catching those making false claims for benefits.