People who may still get Housing Benefit

Housing Benefit for people of working age is intended to end by 2023. Until then some working-age people can still apply for Housing Benefit. This applies to people who:

When Housing Benefit will end.

Already getting Housing Benefit

If you already get Housing Benefit you can still get it if:

When Housing Benefit will end.

Living in specified or temporary accommodation

People who get Universal Credit can still apply for Housing Benefit if they:

  • live in specified accommodation (certain types of refuge, hostel or supported accommodation)
  • live in temporary accommodation

When Housing Benefit will end.

Getting a Severe Disability Premium

Rules from 27 January 2021

You can no longer apply for Housing Benefit and must apply for Universal Credit instead.

Already getting Housing Benefit.

Rules from 16 January 2019 to 26 January 2021

You could apply for Housing Benefit between these dates if you did not already get Universal Credit as long as you met the following four conditions:

1. You or your partner get a Severe Disability Premium in one or more of the following:

  • Housing Benefit
  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance

2. You or your partner get one or more of the following disability benefits:

  • the middle or higher rate care component of ;Disability Living Allowance
  • the Daily Living component of Personal Independence Payment
  • Attendance Allowance or Constant Attendance Allowance
  • an Armed Forces Independence Payment

3. You live alone (or are treated as living alone)

4. No-one gets Carer's Allowance or the Carer Element of Universal Credit for looking after the person who gets the Severe Disability Premium.

  • if you and your partner both get the premium someone can get a Carer's Allowance or Carer Element for one of you (but not both of you)

When Housing Benefit will end.

Pension age

You can apply for Housing Benefit if:

  • on or before 14 May 2019 you or your partner reached Pension Credit age (State Pension age)
  • from 15 May 2019 you and your partner both reach Pension Credit age (State Pension age)

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Information about changes for pensioners is outlined in the Housing Benefit for pensioners section below.

When Housing Benefit will end

If you qualify for Housing Benefit it will end if:

  • the Department for Work and Pensions contact you and advise you to apply for Universal Credit
  • you have to apply for Universal Credit
  • you stop living in specified or temporary accommodation
  • you stop getting a severe disability premium
  • you stop getting pensioner Housing Benefit and Pension Credit

Housing Benefit for pensioners

In Housing Benefit you are considered a pensioner if:

  • you or your partner reached State Pension age on or before 14 May 2019 (i.e. when the older member of the couple reaches pension age)
  • you and your partner both reach State Pension age on or after 15 May 2019 (i.e. when the younger member of the couple reaches pension age)

Pensioners are not able to apply for Universal Credit but it has not yet been decided how to replace Housing Benefit for people of pension age.

Proposals include the introduction of a Pension Credit housing cost element but until changes are implemented, people of pension age may continue to receive Housing Benefit.

Pension age changes

From 15 May 2019 you can only apply for Housing Benefit if:

  • you or your partner get Pension Credit or
  • both you and your partner reach State Pension age (i.e. when the younger member of the couple reaches pension age)

If you already get Housing Benefit or Pension Credit these changes will not apply to you unless you stop getting both of them.

If you stop getting Housing Benefit and Pension Credit on or after 15 May 2019 and one of you has not reached State Pension age you will have to apply for Universal Credit.

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Council Tax support

There are no current plans to replace Council Tax support. We continue to accept new applications for Council Tax support.

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Page last updated:

August 23, 2021