Applying For Housing Benefit
Housing benefit provides help towards the cost of
If you live in rented accomodation you may qualify for
this help if you:
Your landlord might be a Housing Association or a private
landlord. You may rent a whole house or just a room.
The amount of help will depend on your income, personal and
family circumstances. We will ignore any income you may get from
war pensions or widows pensions.
You can get an estimate of your housing benefit using our online
Calculator. You can apply for housing benefit by downloading
and completing the Housing Benefit
and Council Tax Support Claim Form .
Alternatively you can get a form at any of our contact
centres in Malvern, Tenbury Wells and Upton or
contact us and we
will send one out to you.
If you are already receiving housing benefit or council tax
support but the benefit payment amount does not cover your total
rent/council tax bill, then you can apply for an additional Discretionary Housing
For details of other benefits to which you may be entitled,
visit the Department for Work and Pensions
website or the Citizens
Advice Bureau Adviceguide website. You can also find what the
rates of benefit are by visiting the Rightsnet website.
Paying your Housing benefit
The safest and easiest way to receive your benefit is to have it
paid straight into your bank or building society account as it
avoids the risk of cheques being stolen or delayed in the post.
We cannot pay your benefit by cheque, if you do
not have a bank account please see our leaflet about basic bank