Housing Benefits are a type of financial assistance; however, with the introduction of Universal Credit, the rules have changed.
Now, you can only make a new claim for Housing Benefits if you have reached the State Pension age or are in supported, sheltered, or temporary housing.
If you have reached the State Pension age, you can make a new claim for Housing Benefits if you are single.
If you are over the State Pension age and live with your partner, you can make a new claim for Housing Benefits if you and your partner have both reached the State Pension age, if one of you has reached the State Pension age and started claiming Pension Credit before 15 May 2019, or if you are in supported, sheltered, or temporary housing.
You can make a new claim for Housing Benefits if you are living in temporary accommodation, such as a B&B arranged by your council, living in a refuge for survivors of domestic abuse, or living in sheltered or supported housing that provides you with "care, support, or supervision."
If you are eligible for Housing Benefits, the amount you will receive will depend on your circumstances, such as the amount of rent you pay, your income, and the number of people in your household.
The payment will be made directly to your landlord, so you don't need to worry about making the payment yourself. If you need help with your rent, contact your local council and find out how to apply for Housing Benefits.