Housing Benefit

Housing Benefit helps  people on a low income who are renting their homes to pay some or all of their rent.

If you are already getting housing benefit you can view your account online or you can make a new claim online.You can apply for housing benefit if you are working ,or unemployed. If you claim Universal Credit, you will get help with your housing costs included in your monthly payment.

If you have a partner we will include their income and savings as well when we work out any benefit entitlement.

View my account online

Make a claim

Report a change in circumstances

How much can be awarded?

The amount of housing benefit due to you is worked out by looking at:

  • How much money you have coming in.
  • Your personal circumstances and the amount of rent you have to pay.
  • The amount of savings you have (more than £16,000 will normally disqualify you).  

Under Occupancy

If you live in social housing, your housing benefit may be reduced by:

  • 14% of the eligible rent for one spare bedroom
  • 25% of the eligible rent for two or more spare bedrooms

You can work out how many bedrooms your household needs under LHA or if you are under occupying (bedroom tax) at gov.uk.

Other people who live with you

If there are other people, aged over 18 who live with you, they will be expected to pay towards housing costs and Council Tax.. These people are called non dependants and we take a set amount off your benefit for them based on their income. View the current rate of deductions

Local Housing Allowance

Benefit can only be awarded towards the eligible Local Housing Allowance rate for a property if you rent from a private landlord, or the eligible rent if you rent from a housing association.  

Weekly Local Housing Allowance April 2014 to March 2015

Broad rental
market area

Shared

1 Bedroom

2 Bedrooms

3 Bedrooms

4 Bedrooms

Bolton and Bury

46.80

80.77

98.08

114.23

150.00

Wigan
(includes Blackrod)

57.73

80.77

95.28

109.62

151.50

Central Lancs

53.14

88.57

110.72

126.92

161.54



Monthly Local Housing Allowance April 2014 to March 2015


Broad rental
market area

Shared

1 Bedroom

2 Bedrooms

3 Bedrooms

4 Bedrooms

Bolton and Bury

202.80

350.00

425.01

495.00

650.00

Wigan and Blackrod

250.16

350.00

412.88

475.02

656.50

Central Lancs

230.27

383.80

479.79

549.99

700.01


Home visits

The Benefits Service has a dedicated team who can visit people in their own homes. A visiting service is provided to: residents over the age of 60

  • residents with a disability
  • residents who are vulnerable

The team offer advice on and complete application forms on a range of benefits, contact us to find out more

Housing Benefits

Town Hall

Victoria Square

Bolton

BL1 1RU

Telephone 01204 331590
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