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Help with your rent, Council Tax and school meals

This page provides information on what we can do to help you to pay your rent (Housing Benefit) Council Tax (Council Tax Support) and school meals (free school meals).

Housing Benefit

Housing Benefit can help towards your rent if you live and pay rent in Leeds, and are on a low income. More information can be found on the Housing Benefit related page. If you are a landlord see the related page Information for Landlords.

Council Tax Support

Council Tax Support can reduce the amount of Council Tax you pay or mean that you have nothing to pay. Please see the Council Tax Support related page for further information.

How can I find out if I will get any help?

Use the 'Entitled to - benefits calculator' in the external links section on this page to work out how much Housing Benefit and Council Tax support you could receive.

Free School Meals

If you are the parent, foster parent, network family carer or guardian of children at school and you are on a low income, you could get Free School Meals. For more information see the Free School Meals related page.

These are the only benefits that you can get from Leeds City Council. If you are wanting to claim other benefits for example Job Seekers Allowance, Income Support you should contact the Department for Works & Pensions – see the external link 'Entitled to - benefits calculator'.

How do I apply?

To claim Housing Benefit, Council Tax Support and Free School Meals download a benefits claims form from the Documents section. There is also a new claim information booklet which will help you to complete the form.

You can also pick a form up at any of our one stop centres - to find out your nearest one stop centre please enter your postcode in the Where I Live section.

If you need help completing your claim form see the related page Help with completing your Housing Benefit or Council tax Support claim form.

What happens next?

Once we have received your completed claim form we will write to you to let you know:

  • the amount you are entitled to
  • the date from which you are entitled
  • how to appeal if you do not agree with our decision – more information can be found on the related page 'disputes and appeals'
It is your responsibility to notify us of any changes in your circumstances which may affect your entitlement – more information can be found on the related page changes in circumstances

Once you have been sent the details above you can view your claim online. You can do this by clicking the Top Task 'View your housing benefit or Council Tax Support online'. More information is available in the document View Benefit/Council Tax online guide found in the Documents section on this page.​