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HOUSING AND COUNCIL TAX BENEFIT What is it? Housing Benefit, or rent allowance as it is sometimes called, is paid by the council to help people on a low income to pay their rent. It is paid whether you are in or out of work. You do not have to be receiving any other benefits to qualify for Housing Benefit. NB: Housing Benefit cannot be used to pay a mortgage. Council Tax Benefit is paid to people with a low income who have to pay council tax. Please note fulltime students are exempt from paying Council Tax so will usually not be able to receive Council Tax Benefit. Who is eligible? You may be able to receive Housing Benefit and Council Tax benefit (if you are liable to pay council tax) if you:  Have a low income, or  You are receiving welfare benefits  You are not a ‘person subject to immigration control’ If you think you may be entitled to either Housing Benefit or Council Tax Benefit you should submit a claim form to you local council’s Housing and Council Tax Benefit department. They will then be able to let you know if you are entitled to any help, depending on your circumstances. What if I am studying? If you are a full – time student you cannot usually qualify for Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit. However, there are some exceptions and you may be able to claim if:  You are on Income Support or Income –based JSA; or  You are under 19 and not following a course of higher education (inc. degree courses, teacher training, HND, HNC and postgraduate course) or you are a child or ‘qualifying young person’ for child benefit purposes; or  You and your partner are both full-time students and either or both of you are responsible for a child or qualifying young person; or  You are a lone parent with a dependent child or qualifying young person aged under 20; or  You are a lone foster parent and the child has been formally placed with you by the local authority or voluntary agency; or  You meet the conditions for the disability premium (or would do if you were not disqualified from incapacity benefit);or  You have been incapable of work for 28weeks; or  You meet the conditions for the severe disability premium; or  You qualify for disabled student allowance because you are deaf; or  You are waiting to go back to your course, having taken approved time out because of an illness or caring responsibility and this has now come to an end. Part-time students may be able to qualify for Housing and Council Tax benefits. Contact your local council for further information.

Information sourced from www.direct.gov.uk and www.adviceguide.org.uk

February 2011


NB: This information may not be exhaustive and there may be additional circumstances under which you would/would not qualify for Housing and Council Tax Benefits. How do I claim? Claims should be made to your local councils’ Housing and Council Tax department. See http://www.adviceguide.org.uk/index/your_money/benefits/help_with_your_rent__housing_benefit.htm or http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/MoneyTaxAndBenefits/BenefitsTaxCreditsAndOtherSupport/On_a_low_in come/DG_10018926 for further information on making a claim.

Information sourced from www.direct.gov.uk and www.adviceguide.org.uk

February 2011


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