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.

Please note that Universal Credit full service has now been rolled out across the West Berkshire area. Most new claims for housing costs from working age claimants now need to be applied for through Universal Credit. Please Universal Credit webpage for more details.

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