Housing Benefit

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.

Housing Benefit & Universal Credit:

Universal Credit Full Service has been introduced within some areas of The Anglia Revenues Partnership:

Waveney postcodes covered by Universal Credit Full Service:

NR32 NR33 NR34 4 IP19 1 IP19 8 NR34 0 NR34 7
NR34 9 NR35 1 NR35 9 IP18 6 IP19 0 IP19 9 NR34 8

St Edmundsbury postcodes covered by Universal Credit Full Service:

IP29 4 IP29 5 IP30 0 IP30 9 IP31 1 IP31 2 IP31 3
IP32 6 IP32 7 IP33 1 IP33 2 IP33 3 IP33 9 CB9 0
CB9 1 CB9 7 CB9 8 CB9 9 CO10 8    

Suffolk Coastal covered by Universal Credit Full Service:

IP18 6 IP19 0 IP19 9 NR34 8

Most Working age customers that rent a property in the postcode areas covered by Universal Credit will no longer claim Housing Benefit.  A claim for Universal Credit will need to be made for help with Housing costs in these areas. Customers that live in Supported Accommodation and families with three or more children may still have to claim Housing Benefit –further information on Universal Credit is available online.

Housing Benefit in other areas of The Anglia Revenues Partnership:

Universal Credit full Service will be introduced to other areas covered by The Anglia Revenues Partnership on the following dates:

Breckland Council – March 2018

East Cambridgeshire District Council – May 2018

Fenland District Council – May 2018

Suffolk Coastal District Council – April 2018 & June 2018

Forest Heath District Council – September 2018

This information will continue to be updated.  Please note that the date that Universal Credit Full Service will be introduced will vary depending on your postcode area.  For accurate information please use the Universalcreditinfo postcode checker.