The information on this page explains how we calculate your Housing Benefit.
We look at how much rent you are being charged by the housing association or registered social landlord (for example, Ongo or Guinness Northern Counties). Then we subtract anything that is included, for example water rates or heating charges.
This gives us the maximum amount of Housing Benefit you can receive.
Your income also affects your Housing Benefit, so we then look at the following:
- Bank accounts
- Earned income or benefits
If you would like to claim Housing Benefit please do not wait, as you may lose benefit if you do.
To make a claim you can:
- Apply online for Housing Benefit or Council Tax Support
- Contact the Housing Benefit team on 0300 3030164
You only need to fill in one claim form to apply for both Council Tax Support and Housing Benefit at the same time.