Housing Benefit

About Housing Benefit and How to Apply

Universal Credit on the Isle of Wight

Universal Credit is a new type of financial support provided by the Department for Work and Pensions, which includes money for your rent, for people of working age who are looking for work or on a low income.

You can no longer apply for Housing Benefit unless you meet one of the following conditions:

  • If you are a resident in supported exempt accommodation or you have been placed in temporary accommodation by the Isle of Wight Council Homelessness team you must inform Universal Credit of this and make a claim for Housing Benefit with Isle of Wight Council
  • You are of state pension credit age, or you're in a couple where both of you have reached state pension credit age.
  • If you are receiving the severe disability premium as part of your Jobseekers Allowance income-based, Employment and Support income-related, Income Support or Housing Benefit.

From the 15 May 2019 mixed age couple (where one party of the couple is over Pension Credit qualifying age and the other under that age) will no longer be able to choose whether they can claim Universal Credit or Pension Credit or pension age Housing Benefit. Both parties of a couple will have to reach the Pension Credit qualifying age before you can be entitled to Pension Credit and/or pension age Housing Benefit. 

To make sure you don’t miss out on Universal Credit, apply online via the GOV.UK website

You can view more information about Universal Credit here

Help with paying your Council Tax

If you need help paying your Council Tax, then apply for Local Council Tax Support. Some people with savings cannot get help so don't apply if you are working age and have savings of over £6,000, or if you are a pensioner with over £16,000.

Discover how much you may be awarded

Use our online benefits calculator to work out how much money they might get. The benefits calculator will provide you with an estimate of how much you may be awarded.  If you are not sure that you will get benefits, we think you will find this online tool helpful. 

Apply through our online Customer Portal for Housing Benefit and Local Council Tax Support

Local Council Tax Support (LCTS)

If you are no longer able to claim Housing Benefit but you still have to pay Council Tax, you may be eligible for LCTS.  Apply for Local Council Tax Support online Please note: you cannot apply for Local Council Tax Support (LCTS) at the Jobcentre Plus or Pension Service.                                                               

You will be required to provide evidence in support of your claim. Once your claim is submitted, you can ‘View, print or save claim form document’. This will provide you with a copy of your application and the list of evidence required. You have one month from the date of your application form to submit all the evidence requested.

 

Authorised to accept Housing Benefit claims

The Isle of Wight Council is authorised to accept Housing Benefit claims that have been completed electronically through the use of our approved electronic form. View the signed directive  (PDF, 174b, 3 Pages).

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