The two main types of benefit you can receive are council tax support and housing benefit. Please be aware it is against the law to make a false claim for Council Tax support or Housing Benefit.
Council Tax support
If you are on a low income you may be eligible for council tax benefit to help pay your council tax bill. This is a means tested benefit and the council will look at your income and savings before deciding whether you qualify. Any benefit awarded will be deducted from your council tax bill.
Housing benefit is for people on low income to help them pay their rent. It is a means tested benefit, which means that your income and savings are taken into consideration when an application is considered. It is usually paid straight into your bank account or by cheque.
If you receive housing benefit or council tax support, you must tell as straight away if your situation changes. If you don’t, you may lose out on benefit or be paid too much and have to pay it back.