Make a new claim for Housing Benefit or Council Tax support
If you live in rented accommodation your housing costs may be funded by Universal Credit. Before making a benefits application please read about Universal Credit to see how this could help you.
Housing Benefit or Council Tax support
You can claim Housing Benefit to help pay your rent and Council Tax support to reduce the amount you have to pay.
You can claim for one or both of these if you meet certain qualifying criteria. You can claim if you are on a low income, whether you are working or unemployed.
If you are working age you can only make a new claim for Housing Benefit if you meet certain criteria:
- live in supported accommodation where the landlord provides support
- live in temporary accommodation
People who are entitled and remain entitled to Severe Disability Premium (including those who have had a break in claim but have been entitled within the last month) will remain on their existing legacy benefit or can claim another legacy benefit relevant to their change of circumstance.
If you are pension age you should make a claim for Housing Benefit.
If you are unsure please check with us on telephone 0300 3030164. If you do not claim the correct benefit you may lose money.
If you are charged a commercial rent for the home you live in and have savings or investments worth less than £16,000 you can make a claim.
The amount of housing benefit paid depends on:
- the income you receive
- the amount of savings you have
- how many people live in your household
- the circumstances of any other adults who live with you
- how much rent you have to pay
New Housing Benefit claims are paid under the local housing allowance scheme (LHA). Rates of LHA are based on the number of bedrooms legislation says you require.
The government has increased some of the Local Housing Allowance rates that can be paid from April 2020.
The rates for North East Lincolnshire are:
- Shared room rate £62.75
- One bedroom rate £77.00
- Two bedroom rate £98.96
- Three bedroom rate £103.56
- Four bedroom rate £142.68
More information about LHA can be found at GOV.UK where you can also calculate your room allowance and the maximum benefit you can get based on this. Housing benefit is a means tested benefit and the rates shown are the maximum before means testing is applied.
Housing Benefit is usually paid direct to you in to your bank or building society account. We can pay directly to your landlord if they are a social landlord such as Lincolnshire Housing Partnership.
We can only pay housing benefit direct to private landlords in exceptional circumstances – direct payment to landlord.
Council Tax support
You can claim Council Tax support, previously known as Council Tax reduction, if you are legally responsible for paying Council Tax for the home you live in, and have savings or investments of less than £6,000.
You can check your eligibility for Housing Benefit and Council Tax support using our online benefits calculator.
Council Tax support is applied directly to your council tax account. Instead of making payments to you, we issue you with a reduced council tax bill showing any discount awarded and how much you still need to pay.
Apply for Housing Benefit and Council Tax support
To apply complete the Housing Benefit and Council Tax support form.
When you make a claim you may need to provide documents as proof of:
- your identity and national insurance number
- any savings and investments you have
- the earnings, benefits, pensions or any other income you receive
- your rent and tenancy, if you are claiming housing benefit
If you do not have wage slips, download the Certificate Of Earned Income (PDF) form and ask your employer to complete it.
If you are self employed and your business started less than a year ago, complete and submit the Self Employed New Business (PDF) form.
Local Taxation and Benefit collects and processes your personal data for the purpose of administering Local Taxation and Benefit, and will process your personal data in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation and other relevant legislation. We will not disclose your personal data to anyone else, unless allowed or required to do so under the General Data Protection Regulation or other relevant legislation. For further details about the processing of your personal data please see our Full Privacy Notice.
Protection of public funds
North East Lincolnshire Council is under a duty to protect the public funds it administers, and to this end may use the information you have provided for your application for the prevention and detection of fraud. It may also share this information with other bodies responsible for auditing or administering public funds for these purposes.
If you suspect anyone is committing benefit fraud, please report it.
Benefits Team (telephone and postal enquiries only), Municipal Offices, Town Hall Square, Grimsby, North East Lincolnshire, DN31 1HU
Telephone: 0300 3030164 option 3
Telephone opening times: Monday to Friday 9am to 4:30pm, except bank holidays