You may be able to claim Housing Benefit if:
- you are on a part-time course
- you are disabled
- you are responsible for children
- you are a lone foster carer
- you are under 21 and not in higher education (for example, studying A-levels at college)
- you are under 20 and someone is getting Child Benefit for you
- you are getting Income Support, income-related Employment & Support Allowance or income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
- you are receiving a state pension
- you leave your course temporarily because of illness or caring responsibilities
- you live in supported accommodation and receive Universal Credit
If you think you may be eligible for Housing Benefit speak to an adviser. Don’t stop paying your rent until you have received confirmation that you will be entitled to benefit, and how much you will get. It can take a long time for a claim to be processed. If you stop paying your rent and later find out that you are not entitled to benefit, or you are entitled to less than you thought, you could end up with serious rent arrears.
If you are a full-time student and do not fall into the categories above, you will probably not be entitled to Housing Benefit.