Different types of benefits are available to help renters and homeowners with costs of private or council housing within the limits of the benefit cap.

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  • Where to get advice about benefits and grants

    People can check their entitlement to benefits and grants, get help to claim benefits, and challenge DWP decisions with help from a benefits adviser.  

  • Housing benefit

    Rules for claiming help to pay rent, which is paid by local authorities and calculated by looking at income and local rent rates.

  • Housing benefit calculation rates

    Department for Work and Pensions annual rates used to calculate housing benefit from 2017 onwards and circumstances impacting the amount.

  • Local housing allowance

    The local housing allowance (LHA) scheme is an alternative method of calculating housing benefit for tenants in the private rented sector.

  • Universal credit

    Universal credit is a means-tested benefit for people of working age and is intended to cover both living expenses and accommodation costs.

  • Benefit cap

    The benefit cap limits the total amount of benefits that working-age claimants can receive by reducing housing benefit or universal credit entitlement.

  • Discretionary housing payments

    Local authorities can award a discretionary housing payment (DHP) to claimants if existing benefits such as housing benefit or universal credit do not cover housing costs.

  • Council tax support

    Local authorities can award support to pay council tax bills to people in financial need, including council tax reduction.

  • Support for mortgage interest

    A government loan can help homeowners who claim benefits to pay interest on mortgages or loans taken out for repairs or improvements.

  • Claiming benefits when staying in a homeless hostel

    Benefits rules while staying in a homeless hostel to help pay the rent and service charges.