How much Housing Benefit you may receive

Your individual circumstances affect the amount of Housing Benefit we will pay you. This includes your rent, income, savings, the size of your family and how many bedrooms you need.

If you rent from a private landlord we will normally use the Rent Service's Local Housing Allowance Rates to work out how much we will pay you.

For council tenants we calculate your Housing Benefit by looking at how much rent you pay, minus any service charges that do not qualify for Housing Benefit.

The GOV.UK website provides more detailed information on how we calculate Housing Benefit.

For Housing Benefit claims you will need to provide evidence of your rent liability unless you are a council tenant.
You will need to provide proof of all income you receive when you apply for Housing Benefit.
If you and/or your partner have combined savings of over £16,000, we will not pay Housing Benefit or Council Tax Support. If you receive Pension Credit Guarantee this rule does not apply.
How many bedrooms you are entitled to when we calculate Housing Benefit depends on the size of your family.
Adult children or other relatives or friends who live in your home as part of your household are called 'non-dependants'. This does not include boarders, sub-tenants and joint occupiers.
We need to see evidence of your identity, income and capital when you make a claim for benefits. We also need to see proof of your rent liability for Housing Benefit claims (unless you are a council tenant).
The Benefit Cap is a limit on the total amount of benefit that most people aged 16 to 64 can receive. This means that households in which no-one works can no longer receive more in benefits than average working families after Tax and National Insurance has been deducted.
Sometimes we can pay extra money to people who are entitled to Housing Benefit if they need more help with their housing costs. This is at our discretion and we only have a limited fund each year.

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