How to Apply

To claim help towards your Council Tax  you must fill in an application form and send it to the Benefits Section.
 
If you pay rent Housing Benefit only helps with your housing costs if you: live in supported or temporary accommodation; or get one of these benefits and it includes a Severe Disability Premium
  • Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance
  • Income-related Employment Support Allowance
  • Income Support
If you are not in one of the groups that can claim Housing Benefit to help with housing costs check if you can get Universal Credit on gov.uk/apply-universal-credit.
 
See our Housing Benefit page for more information and the application form
 
Remember for most if you are self employed you will also need to fill in this application form. You can either download the claim form or contact us and we will send you one by post. Before filling in the application form please read the notes within the form carefully.
 
Make sure you complete and return the form immediately you realise you need help, as benefit is normally paid from the Monday after the first indication of a wish to claim. If you haven't got all the evidence we ask for in support of your claim, send whatever you have got to us with the form straightaway. You can send the rest in within one calendar month. We will write to you for any further information we need.