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Housing benefit

If you are on a low income, even if you are working, you may be able to get help with your rental costs. Find out more about the housing benefit scheme.

Housing Benefit payments have been replaced by Universal Credit in Wiltshire. This means couples, families and single people should claim Universal Credit unless one of the criteria below applies.

Visit GOV.UK to find out whether you will need to apply for Universal Credit instead of Housing Benefit.  

You can only make a new claim for Housing Benefit or Local Housing Allowance if:

  • You and your partner are of state pension age; or
  • You are living in specified accommodation or temporary accommodation (the Housing Benefit Team will determine if this is the case); or
  • You are entitled to a severe disability premium as part of one of the following benefits:
  • JSA(IB)
  • ESA(IR)     
  • Income Support
  • Housing Benefit.