Backdating child benefit
To claim Housing Benefit you need to fill in an application form.We have an online form or alternatively you can:-Please note that by a partner we mean a person you are married to or a person you live with as if you are married to them, or a civil partner or a person you live with as if you are civil partners.Housing Benefit helps you pay your rent if you are on a low income.The amount of housing benefit due to you is worked out by looking at: Housing Benefit is affected if somebody is a Student or self-employed or a person from abroad.We cannot pay your benefit until we have seen all the proof we have asked for.To make sure your Housing Benefit starts from the earliest date possible, you should contact us as soon as you need benefit to tell us that you plan to claim.
You can also use our benefits calculator to find out how much Housing Benefit Council Tax Support you may claim.If you or your partner are 60 or over, we do not count the first £10,000 of your savings and investments, and for every £500 over this level we will add £1 to your income.If you and your partner receive Income Support or Jobseeker's Allowance (income based) we do not count any savings and investments you have.Your details will be kept confidential and you do not need to tell us your name, unless you want to.
The person you are reporting will not be told about your involvement and you would not be needed as a witness, if the case went to court.If you intend to claim housing benefit you should always claim as soon as possible.From November 2016 the Government is changing the benefit cap. You can find out if you might be affected by the new benefit cap by using the benefit cap calculator.