Housing benefit and council tax support
Apply for housing benefit or council tax support.
Council tax support only applications
Non Universal Credit claimants
Apply for Council tax support if you are not in receipt of (or are applying for) Universal Credit.
Universal Credit claimants
Apply for Council tax support if you receive (or are applying for) Universal Credit.
Housing benefit and/or council tax support rapid reclaim
To make a rapid reclaim you must have claimed:
- housing benefit or
- council tax support
At the same address within the last 26 weeks.
Hostel residents housing benefit application form
If you are staying in a hostel and would like to apply for housing benefits use the form below.
Homeless placement housing benefit application form
Apply for housing benefits if you are currently staying in homeless placement.
Backdating of housing benefit and council tax support
Housing benefit is usually paid from the Monday after we receive your claim.
In certain circumstances we can backdate your claim for one month before this date.
For us to do this you must be able to show good reasons for not claiming earlier throughout the whole of the period.
- you were too ill before you claimed
- you were wrongly told by an advice agency that you were not entitled to benefit
- you could not manage your own affairs
If you would like to apply to have your benefit backdated please complete the e-form below: