Housing Benefit is a payment you receive to help you pay part or all of your rent. It is only available to people who rent their homes and who are on a low income or receiving benefits. If you have more than £16,000 in savings then you will not be eligible for Housing Benefit.
Housing Benefit is available whether you work, are unemployed or retired. How much you are entitled to will depend on your circumstances.
If you rent your home from a private landlord and you are eligible for Housing Benefit, the amount of benefit you can receive is based on Local Housing Allowance rules.
Housing Benefit should cover any service charges that must be paid if you are living at that property such as maintaining a communal area. It does not cover costs such as heating, water, gas or electricity.
Universal Credit Full Service areas of The Anglia Revenues Partnership:
Universal Credit Full Service has been introduced within some postcode areas of The Anglia Revenues Partnership including parts of Waveney District Council, St Edmundsbury Borough Council, Suffolk Coastal District Council & Fenland District Council.
For customers in receipt of Universal Credit, Housing Costs will be paid within the Universal Credit award and will replace Housing Benefit.
Further information about Universal Credit and to find out whether Universal Credit Full Service is available in your area go to our Universal Credit page.