Before using the calculator
Please make sure that you have your income details and your rent and council tax charges available before using the benefits calculator: this will enable you to find out whether you are entitled to housing benefit and council tax support within a few minutes.
Help paying your rent (housing benefit/universal credit)
Check whether your benefit will be capped
If you are of working age, you may be affected by the benefit cap (GOV.UK)
If you rent your home from a private landlord
You may come under the local housing allowance scheme. You will need to know how many rooms you are allowed under the local housing allowance scheme and you will also need to know the local housing allowance rate for your area before you complete the benefit calculator.
For more information, visit the VOA (voa.gov.uk)
If you rent your home from the council or a housing association
If you are of working age and rent your home from a housing association or from the council and you are claiming housing benefit, you may come under the under occupancy rules. If you are affected by the under occupancy rules you will need to know how much your rent will be affected before you complete the benefit calculator.
Help paying your council tax (council tax support)
You will need to know if you have been given a discount on your council tax bill or you are exempt from paying council tax. For example, you may be the only person in the property that is over the age of 18 and receive a single person's discount. This should show on your council tax bill.
If you have not got a discount or exemption for council tax and think you may be entitled to one, find out more about council tax discounts and exemptions