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Benefit eligibility and money advice

Benefit eligibility and money advice

What is Housing Benefit?

Housing Benefit is a benefit that is offered to help you to pay your rent if you're on a low income. Housing Benefit can only help with the rent you pay. If your rent covers other services like fuel, bills, meals or water charges, a deduction will be made from your Housing Benefit. 

Privately rented homes

If you pay rent to a private landlord or housing association, the benefit is called Local Housing Allowance.

Who can claim Housing Benefit? 

You can claim Housing Benefit if:

  • You pay rent
  • You’re on a low income or claim benefits
  • You have less than £16,000 in savings


Read the guidance on the Gov.uk website to find out more about Housing Benefit eligibility.

How to claim

Read our how to claim Housing Benefit page to find out how to make a claim.

Read our Council Tax discounts page for details of the different types of Council Tax reductions.

Help if you're renting privately

Local Housing Allowance (LHA) is a Housing Benefit for people on a low income who rent privately from a landlord. We will work out whether you can claim Local Housing Allowance when you make a claim for Housing Benefit.

Read our Local Housing Allowance page to find out more.

For landlords

Read our Local Housing Allowance for landlords page to find out which tenants can and can't claim Local Housing Allowance and how to set up direct-to-landlord payments.

A Discretionary Housing Payment (DHP) is a short-term payment from the Council to help cover some of your housing costs. 

Read our Discretionary Housing Payments page to find out how to apply for help.

Read our Local Welfare Provision page to find out how to apply for help in an emergency or crisis.

Read the disability benefits page to find out which benefits you can claim if you have a disability.

Free bus pass

Read our free bus pass page to find out how to apply for a free bus pass.

Help to pay heating bills

If you are of retirement age, you may be able to claim a winter fuel payment to help pay your heating bills. Read the winter fuel payment page on the Gov.uk website for more details.

Free bus pass

Read our free bus pass page to find out how to apply for a free bus pass.

Child Benefits

Free childcare

Read our free childcare page to find out how to apply for free childcare for under 5s.

School and college

Read our Universal Credit page to find out about changes to Benefits.

Injuries at work

Visit the Gov.uk website to find out if you can claim compensation for injuries at work.

Bereavement

  • Visit the Gov.uk website to find out how to claim Bereavement Allowance (formerly Widow's Pension)  
  • Visit the Gov.uk website to find out how to claim a Bereavement Payment 

Benefits and bills

Visit the Citizens Advice website to find out what help you can get if you're on a low income.

Food

Visit the Wokingham Food Bank website to get help with food.

Legal aid

Visit the Gov.uk website to check if you're eligible for legal aid.


Visit the Gov.uk website to find out about the benefit cap (cap on the maximum benefit you can claim.)

Contact one of the following organisations to receive independent, confidential advice.

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