We can help you with Housing Benefit, Council Tax Support and Free School Meals. You can find out more these benefits in the related pages area at the bottom of this page.
Housing Benefit can help towards your rent if you live and pay rent in Leeds, and are on a low income. You cannot get Housing Benefit to help with mortgage payments, but you can get advice about mortgage payments from the Department for Work and Pensions.
If you rent a council or housing association property, your benefit will be based on the rent you pay but from April 2013 you may be affected by new rules about under occupancy. Find out more about the National Welfare Benefit Changes in the related page area below
If your rent includes bills, insurance or meals, Housing Benefit will not cover these costs. If you rent from a private landlord your benefit will be based on the housing needs of you and your family, For more information, look at Local Housing Allowance in related pages at the bottom of this page.
The amount of Housing Benefit and Council Tax Support you get depends on:
- Your income (and your partner’s income if you have one)
- Your savings
- The number of children that live with you
- Other people in your household
- If you or someone in your family is ill or has a disability
Find out about the changes to Council Tax Support in the related page
Go to the Useful forms for claiming benefits page to download a claim form or pick one up from any of our one stop centres. The form can also be used to claim Council Tax Support, Second Adult Rebate for pensioners and/or Free School Meals. There is also an information booklet which provides details about the benefit claim process and what information we need from you.
You can hand the form into any of our one stop centres, and your local housing office if you rent from us.
If you already receive Housing Benefit and Council Tax Support, you can view your entitlements to Housing Benefit and Council Tax Support through the 'Do it online' area in the top right of this page.
Find out more about claiming benefits in the other related pages below. If you do not agree with a decision that has been made about your Housing Benefit or Council Tax Support see the Disputes and appeals page