New Benefit Claims (includes Housing Benefit and/or Council Tax Support)
Housing Benefit and Council Tax Support help pay towards rent and council tax. It’s for people who are on a low income whether they work, or receive state benefits, such as:
- Income Support,
- Jobseeker’s Allowance,
- Pension Credit,
- Employment Support Allowance,
- Statutory Sick Pay,
- Maternity Pay, or
- Retirement Pension.
From February 2015, Universal Credit will be rolled out across Birmingham. If you are claiming Universal Credit, you cannot claim housing benefit. Please visit GOV.uk for more information.
If you are eligible for housing benefit, the amount you will get depend on who lives you, your total income and any savings you may have. It can also be affected by the amount of rooms your family needs.
For more information, please see our dedicated Housing Benefit page.
If you are eligible for council tax support, it will be taken off the amount of council tax you have to pay. If you are not eligible for council tax support, you may be entitled to a second adult rebate.
For more information, please see our dedicated Council Tax Support page.
What do we need from you?
You will need to have the following information available when you make a claim:
Your income and savings details, including any benefits you get
Proof of benefits:
- Benefit award letters
- Pension award letters
- Current bank statements showing the payment having been received
- Court award letter in respect of maintenance
Proof of earnings:
- five consecutive weekly payslips, or two consecutive monthly wage slips
- three consecutive fortnightly wage slips
- if you are not able to provide payslips, we will accept a letter from your employer on their headed notepaper giving your full income details
if you are self-employed, we will accept a copy of your most recent accounts, or if these are not available, you can complete a self-employed claim form which is available to download.
Self Employed Form
Proof of savings if over £6,000:
- bank or building society account statements for the last two months
- share certificates
- premium bonds
- savings certificates
- If you are working, your employer’s name and address
- National insurance numbers for you and your partner, if you have one.
You can find this information on:
- wage slips
- P45s and P60s
- letters from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP)
- a National Insurance card
- Income details for your partner, if you have one
- Names, dates of birth and details of income/savings for anyone over 18 who lives with you who isn’t your partner. We won’t need this if you or your partner, if you have one, is registered blind or in receipt of Attendance Allowance/DLA care rate or the PIP equivalent.
- Your tenancy start date, the amount you pay in rent, the amount of bedrooms your home has and your landlord’s name and address, this information should all be available on your tenancy agreement
• If you are a private tenant, your bank account details
If you don’t have all the information available, you should still make the claim. You can provide the other information at a later date.