Hull is a Universal Credit full service area from 12 December 2018 which means that most working age households will need to claim Universal Credit for help with their housing costs.
You can only make a new claim for Housing Benefit if the following applies to you -
- you are of State Pension age
- Find out when you will reach Pension age on the GOV.UK website
- you have been placed in temporary accommodation by the council
- you live in accommodation where you receive care and support as part of living in your home
- you currently have, or did have within the last month, the Severe Disability Premium included within the assessment of your Income Support, Jobseekers Allowance, Employment and Support Allowance or Housing Benefit
If one of the above applies you must also be on a low income and have less than £16,000 in savings or receive Pension Guaranteed Credit to make a new claim for Housing Benefit.
If you are applying for or already receiving Universal Credit you will need to make a separate claim for Council Tax Reduction.
How to apply
You can apply for Housing Benefit using our online form -
You do not need to apply to us if you made a claim in the last four weeks for one of the following (if it was more than four weeks ago you will need to fill in a form) -
- Income Support
- Job Seekers Allowance
- Employment Support Allowance
The application form tells you what we need proof of. You must make sure you provide all the proofs we need.
Help with forms
If you need help to complete your application form you can visit a Customer Service Centre or ask a third party to help you such as a friend, relative, housing officer, landlord or welfare support officer.
With your consent third parties, such as an appointee can be told information and contacted about your claim.
Sharing information with your landlord
With your permission we can share information with your landlord. this might help us deal with your application more quickly.
Payments of Housing Benefit normally start from the Monday after you make a claim.
If you are of pension age this is automatically considered when you submit your application.
If you are of working age the maximum period a backdate can be awarded for is one month.
You must have a good reason why the backdate is being requested and the application was not made at the earlier date.
To apply you need to put the request in writing. Your request should -
- show the date you want your benefit to start from
- give as much detail as possible stating the reasons why you did not claim earlier
- include any supporting evidence
If you would like to know how much benefit you may be able to receive or help with budgeting, visit our benefit calculator and budgeting tools