Housing /Council Tax Reduction claims
Details of who can claim Housing Benefit and/or Council Tax Reduction
Housing and Council Tax Benefit Claim Form
The form to use to claim Housing and/or Council Tax Benefits
Discretionary Housing Payments
Information about how you can apply for help with your rent if you are already entitled to benefit but do not receive the full amount of eligible rent.
Discretionary Housing Payment Form
A form to apply for extra help if you are already entitled to Housing Benefit and you do not get the full amount of eligible rent paid.
Local Housing Allowance
Information about the Local Housing Allowance and how it applies to private tenants claiming Housing Benefit.
Self-employed pro forma
A form for self-employed people claiming Housing and/or Council Tax Benefit who do not have any prepared accounts.
Certificate of Earnings Form
A form for people claiming Housing and/or Council Tax Reduction Scheme who are working but do not have any wage slips from their employer.
Local Housing Allowance Rates 2012
LHA Rates for 2012
Localising council tax support
In April 2013 Council Tax Benefit was abolished and councils have had to devise their own local schemes of support for people on low incomes. The Government has announced a £100 million fund to support councils to develop their plans. It has also published guidance about the rules that it wants councils to put into place to ensure that low income households do not face "an extensive increase in their Council Tax liability in 2013-2014.
Here you can read details of our scheme.
- Local Housing Allowance Rates 2011 Information about the maximum rate of Housing Benefit payable for private tenants for 2011.
Change of circumstances
This form can be used for you to notify us of:
- A change of address
- A significant change in circumstances
- Where there has been a break of less than one calendar month in the claim
- Second adult rebate
How to claim housing and/or council tax reduction
You can use the same form to claim both housing and council tax reduction.
Local Housing Allowance Rate 2014
Local Housing Allowance Rates (maximum Housing Benefit) 2014. Rates will be updated annually on 1 April when all claims will be reviewed. If you have a change in your household circumstances during the year, please let us know as your LHA rate may change. Contact us on 0845 054 8600.
Housing Benefit or CTRS claim
Details about the documents we need to see in support of your application for Housing Benefit and/or Council Tax Reduction. Council Benefit has been replaced by a Council Tax Reduction Scheme.
HB and CTB electronic comms order
Housing benefit and council tax benefit electronic comms order 2006 CBC
Second Adult Rebate
Information about Second Adult Rebate, an alternative to Council Tax Reduction which can be claimed by people who have other adults on low incomes living with them.
CT reduction requirements reg 2012
Council tax reduction prescribed requirements regulation 2012 CBC
Housing Benefit overpayments
Information about being overpaid benefit.
Local Housing Allowance Rates 2015
Local Housing Allowance Rates 2015
Information about benefit fraud and how to report it.
Local Housing Allowance rates for Copeland
Local Housing Allowance rates (maximum housing benefit) for Copeland
Information for landlords about housing benefit
Housing benefit is a means tested benefit administered by us on behalf of the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP). It assists customers on low incomes with their rent payments. Housing benefit cannot help with deposits or rent paid in advance.
- How do I report suspected benefit fraud?
Under occupancy for Housing Benefit
Information about the changes to Housing Benefit in April 2013 for tenants renting in the Social Sector. This has become known in the media by some as "the bedroom tax".
council tax reduction scheme
As part of Welfare Reform, from 1st April 2013, the Government abolished Council Tax Benefit and replaced it with a new local financial support scheme, called Council Tax Reduction Scheme (CTRS).