You may be entitled to Housing Benefit to help you pay your rent.
For FREE advice on claiming Local Housing Allowance (Housing Benefit), contact us. We can help with completing the forms. Our specialist advisers can see you at our offices or visit you at home.
Whether you want to check that you are claiming the right benefits or see if you are eligible, this is a FREE service.
You may be able to claim Universal Credit instead of certain benefits if you’re on a low income or out of work.
Read our Universal Credit Information leaflet here for more information: Universal Credit Information.
For further information, visit the Government's website for more information on Universal Credit: https://www.gov.uk/universal-credit/overview
If you are under-occupying your home, you will be responsible for paying the difference between the amount you get in Housing Benefit and the amount you must pay in rent. If you are struggling to pay the difference, you can save money by downsizing your home. This can help you because you will no longer have to pay the shortfall in Housing Benefit for the extra bedroom and a smaller home will also be cheaper to run, so you can save money on your gas, electricity and water bills.
To downsize, you can:
- Apply for a transfer to smaller property with Black Country Housing by clicking here
- Swap your home with someone who is another housing association or council tenant. Find out more by applying on the Swap and Move website which can be found here
- Apply to your local councils housing options team
Local Housing Allowance
Your housing benefit or universal credit will be capped in the future to the local allowance housing rate, further information can be found here.
To use CAB's benefit calculator to see what you may be entitled to, click here.
Department for Work and Pensions
The rules for working out Housing and Council Tax Benefit are set by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP). The DWP are also responsible for other welfare benefits, including Income Support, Jobseeker's Allowance, Employment and Support Allowance and Disability Living Allowance. Go to DirectGov.co.uk for more information.