Benefits and financial help

Find out about Housing Benefit, Universal Credit and Discretionary Housing Payments.

Housing Benefit

Check if you can claim, how to make a claim, when payments will be made, and what to do if you overpaid.

Council Tax Reduction

Find out if you can get a reduction on your Council Tax bill, how it is calculated and how to apply.

Backdating your benefits or reduction

If there has been a reason which stopped or delayed you making a claim for Housing Benefit or Council Tax Reduction you can ask for your claim to be 'backdated'.

Applicable amounts

The applicable amount is the amount of money the government believes you, your partner (if you have one) and your family (if applicable) need to meet your necessary weekly costs.