How Can I Make A Claim?
You can call into the Civic Centre to collect a form or you can contact us and we will send a form to you.
When Will My Claim Start?
If you qualify for benefit it normally starts from the Monday after we receive an application.
Can My Claim Start From An Earlier Date?
If there are any circumstances why you think your claim should start from an earlier date, you will need to apply for it to be backdated, this can be requested on the form.
Further information regarding a backdate can be found on the left hand side of this page or by contacting us via e-mail or by telephone.
How Much Housing Benefit Will I Receive?
If you would like to know a rough estimate of how much Housing Benefit you may receive before making a claim you can use our Online Benefits Calculator or Directgov’s Benefits Advisor.
If you are renting your property from a private landlord you will also need to know your Local Housing Allowance rate (LHA). An LHA calculator is available and the rates are listed at the side of this page.