Housing benefit

Housing benefit – who is eligible?
If you are in receipt of certain benefits or on a low income you could be eligible for housing benefit.

Where can I get more information?
Your local housing office can provide you with further details and assistance – click here to contact them.

Housing benefit claim forms are also available from your local council offices. Claims can only be assessed and benefit awarded once the Revenues and Benefits office has received all of your information and, once a claim has been submitted, you only have a limited amount time to supply the required information or your claim will be cancelled and you will lose your housing benefit.

What information do I need to provide for my claim?

  • You must answer all the questions on the form, even if the answer is 'NONE'
  • You must supply National Insurance numbers for yourself and your partner if applicable
  • You must provide original documentation of all income and details of savings for yourself, partner, any children living with you (regardless of their age) and other non-dependents in the household
  • You must provide two forms of identification (i.e. driving licence, passport, NHS card)

If you need help in completing the application forms, you can also contact your local council:

www.carlisle.gov.uk
www.southlakeland.gov.uk
www.allerdale.gov.uk
www.eden.gov.uk
www.copeland.gov.uk
www.lancaster.gov.uk
www.wyrebc.gov.uk
www.durham.gov.uk
www.gateshead.gov.uk
www.hambleton.gov.uk
www.newcastle.gov.uk
www.northumberland.gov.uk
www.northtyneside.gov.uk
www.sunderland.gov.uk

Age Concern
Age Concern can also provide older residents with advice about what benefits they’re entitled to and even how to get more money in your pocket, depending on your personal circumstances.

For more information, contact freephone 0800 00 99 66. Alternatively, click here to get in touch with your local Age Concern office.