Help with your rent

Following the introduction of Universal Credit to our area in 2018 it is now the case that if you are renting your home and on a low income and need to make a new claim for help with your rent, you will now likely be required to make a new claim for Housing Costs through Universal Credit.

You can only claim Housing Benefit through your local authority if any of these apply:

  • You are single and have reached State Pension Age.
  • You are in a partnership and you have both reached State Pension Age.
  • You are in Council placed emergency housing or certain types of exempt or specified accommodation.

If you fall in to the categories listed above, you can start a new claim for Housing Benefit and/or Council Tax Support, online today.

If this list does not apply to you then you will need to make a claim for your housing costs through Universal Credit. Please follow the links below to find out more and make a new claim online.

If this list does not apply to you then you will need to make a claim through Universal Credits instead.

Benefits calculator

Use the GOV.UK benefits calculator to find out what benefits you may be entitled to and how your benefits will be affected if you start work.

Help with your Council Tax

Council Tax Support can cover a percentage of the bills for people of working age and up to 100 per cent for pensioners. If you are on a low income and require help with your council tax bill, please start a new claim today.

Start a new claim

Please note: This application is for new claims only and you must have an email address to proceed with the online claim.

Covid-19 Council Tax Hardship Fund 2021-22

Households in Malvern Hills who received  Council Tax Support in 2020-2021 and were of working age received up to a £150 one-off reduction on their Council Tax Bill. This hardship award has been extended into 2021/2022. A further one off payment of up to £150.00 per working age household will be applied automatically to their 2021/2022 bill. You do not need to apply for this funding. Those customers that were already in receipt of Council Tax Support at the time we issued 2021/2022 bill in February 2021 will have already had this applied to their account. This will show as Council Tax Support on your bill.

If you are not required to pay any Council Tax due to already being in receipt of maximum support in 2021-22 then this further payment does not apply.

Completing your application

Please do not wait until you have all your evidence before submitting your claim as you may lose out on benefit.

Payments

Payments of Housing Benefits are paid directly into your bank account. If you do not have a bank account, you would need to open a new account.

Help to complete your application

Our Contact Centres will continue to provide support for people who do not have access to online facilities or who need assistance to make a claim.

Call us on 03004 560 560. Our contact centre is open from 9am-5pm Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and from 9:30am to 5pm on Tuesdays except bank holidays.

Visit: Malvern Hills District Council, The Council House, Avenue Road, Malvern, WR14 3AF

Already receiving Housing Benefits or Council Tax Support?