West Berkshire Council

About Housing Benefit

A national welfare benefit paid by the council to help meet the cost of your rent

Housing Benefit can help meet the cost of your rent if you:

  • have a low income - whether you work or not
  • are responsible for paying the rent
  • live in the property

The amount of benefit you receive depends on:

  • the amount of rent you pay
  • whether anyone else (such as lodgers or grown-up children) live with you
  • the amount of money you have coming in each week
  • the amount the government says you need to live on

Further details can be found on the Gov.uk website.

If you are already receiving Housing Benefit and/or Council Tax Reduction and your circumstances have changed, please doc icon report the change(s) to us. [51kb]

Who To Contact

West Berkshire Council's Benefits Team

01635 519258