Housing Benefit is a scheme which helps people on low incomes to pay their rent. It cannot be paid to homeowners to help pay their mortgage (owner-occupiers may be able to get help with their mortgage interest from Income Support or income-based Jobseeker's allowance).
The Council assesses both your income and your weekly rent according to rules laid down by the Government. Generally, the higher your income is, the less benefit you will receive.
To see how much of your rent we can give you benefit on see What does Housing Benefit cover?
Use the links on the left of the screen to find out more information.
If you have any queries you can contact us (details below).