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Apply for Housing Benefit, Universal Credit or Local Council Tax Support

IN THIS ARTICLE

  • How to apply for Housing Benefit.
  • How to apply for Universal Credit if applicable to you.
  • How to apply for Local Council Tax Support.
  • How to upload evidence if it is requested.

Apply for Housing Benefit or Local Council Tax Support

If you are liable for Council Tax you can make a claim with us for Local Council Tax Support

If you are of Working Age and have Housing Costs you would need to claim Universal Credit, from the Department for Work and Pensions, if you need help toward these (see below for exemptions).

Some people can still claim Housing Benefit toward their Housing Costs instead of Universal Credit. These exceptions are –

  • Those above Pension Credit age
  • People in Supported Accommodation as defined by Housing Benefit regulations
  • Those in Temporary Accommodation
  • Claimants with 3 or more Dependent children living with them

Housing Benefit (for those Exempt from Universal Credit) and Local Council Tax Support

You can use this application to:

  • see how much Housing Benefit you could get if you rent your home and are exempt from Universal Credit Housing Costs.
  • see how much Local Council Tax Support you could get if you are the person who is responsible for paying the Council Tax for the home you live in

The application is in two parts. The first is a calculator which can give you an idea of what you may be entitled to. The second part allows you to make a claim.

Universal Credit Full Service commenced in Colchester from 04.07.18

It replaced the following six benefits:

  • Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Income Support
  • Working Tax Credits
  • Child Tax Credit
  • Housing Benefit ( unless one of the exemptions above applies)

You can read more about Universal Credit and who can apply for it here.

What next?

Once we have received your application we may ask you for some additional information.

Any documentation requested should be provided within a month of the date you applied. We can only process your application once we have received all the necessary documentation.

The best way of providing your documentation is to upload it yourself.

Once we have finished processing your application we send you an award letter confirming the amount of Housing Benefit and Local Council Tax Support you will receive.