The two main types of benefit you can receive are council tax support and housing benefit.

Council tax support is a means tested benefit (income and savings are taken into consideration) which will help you to pay your council tax. Any benefit awarded is deducted from your council tax bill.

Housing benefit is also a means tested benefit which will help you pay your rent. Any benefit awarded is paid straight into your bank account or by cheque.

If you receive council tax support or housing benefit, 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.

Manage your benefits claim online

You can manage your benefits claim tax online by creating a portal account. The portal gives you full access to your benefits claim where you can check the status of your claim, see your current entitlement and how it was been calculated and see past and future housing benefit payments.

To register for an account, you will need your account name, email address, benefit claim reference number and your National Insurance Number.

If you have already registered for an account, you will be able to log in using your existing username and password.

Benefit calculator

Our benefit calculator will help you find out what benefits you can claim. The calculator is free to use and the details you provide are anonymous.

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