Housing Benefit helps pay your rent if you are a tenant. Housing Benefit could not only reduce your rent but also cover some service charges like lifts and communal laundry facilities.
If you're of working age and making a new claim in an area where Universal Credit has been introduced, you should claim Universal Credit to help with your rent.
Use our online benefits calculator to find out whether you could be eligible for Housing Benefit.
There's no set amount of Housing Benefit - it depends on a number of factors
Claiming benefits like Carers Allowance, Attendance Allowance, Personal Independence Payment and Disability Living Allowance can help you get more Housing Benefit.
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.
If you're claiming no other benefits, contact your local council to claim. You may be able to apply in person, online, by telephone or by completing a form. You can apply for Housing Benefit at the same time as applying for Pension Credit.
If you need help with the claim, contact your local Age UK or call Age UK Advice on 0800 169 65 65.
If you're already claiming Pension Credit, contact the Pension Service.
Download our guide More money in your pocket: a guide to claiming benefits for people over pension age (PDF 3 MB)
Download our factsheet Housing Benefit (PDF 232 KB)
Download our factsheet Benefits for people under State Pension age (PDF 167 KB)
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