22nd September 2023
Benefit eligibility and money advice
Find out which benefits you can claim
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.
First, you will need to check whether you need to apply for Universal Credit or Housing Benefit towards your rent.
Who can claim Housing Benefit?
You can claim Housing Benefit if:
- You pay for rent and are of State Pension Age
- You have less than £16,000 in savings
- Or, you live in supported accommodation
- Or, you live in temporary Council homeless accommodation
Read the guidance on the Gov.uk website to find out more about Housing Benefit eligibility.
If you are not of State Pension Age and are not in supported or temporary accommodation, you will need to apply for Universal Credit to help towards your rent.
How to claim
Read our how to claim Housing Benefit page to find out how to make a claim.
Council Tax Reduction Scheme
Read our Council Tax reductions page for details of the different types of Council Tax reductions.
Council Tax discounts
Read our Council Tax discounts page for details of the different types of Council Tax discounts.
Discretionary Housing Payment (help with housing costs)
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.
Local Welfare Provision (for people in a crisis / emergency)
Read our Local Welfare Provision page to find out how to apply for help in an emergency or crisis.
Benefits for disabled people
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.
- Visit the Gov.uk website to find out if you can claim Child Benefit
- Visit the Gov.uk website to find out if you're eligible to claim Child Tax Credits
Read our free childcare page to find out how to apply for free childcare for under 5s.
School and college
- Read our free school meals page to find out how to apply for free school meals
- Read our school and college transport page to find out how to apply for free transport
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.
- 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.
Use the Benefits Calculator to find out if you can get additional help with your income.
To apply for the Household Support Fund, visit the Citizens Advice Wokingham website.
Visit the Wokingham Foodbank website to get help with food.
Visit the Gov.uk website to check if you're eligible for legal aid.
Benefit cap (maximum benefit you can claim)
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.