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What is Housing Benefit?

Housing Benefit helps pay your rent if you are a tenant on a low income. It will not only reduce your rent but also cover some service charges like lifts and communal laundry facilities.

There is no set amount of Housing Benefit. How much you get depends on a number of factors:

  • if you rent privately or from a council
  • your household income and circumstances
  • if you have empty rooms

You may receive more Housing Benefit if you get a disability or carer’s benefit, such as Carer’s Allowance, Attendance Allowance or Personal Independence Payment.

If you get Housing Benefit and still find it difficult to pay your rent, you can apply for a discretionary housing payment. Contact your local council to ask for a claim form.

Further information

More information about claiming benefits

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For more information: Call Age UK Advice: 0800 169 2081

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