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Housing Benefit and Council Tax Support

Universal Credit

You might be able to get Universal Credit if you’re not working or you’re on a low income.

Citizens Advice Bedford provides help for people to make a new Universal Credit claim and be ready for when their first payment arrives. Find them at St Paul's Square, Bedford for face-to-face support or use their handy Universal Credit guide.

Housing Benefit 

Most people will need to make a claim for housing benefit through Universal Credit. You will need to claim  except if you:

  • live in 'supported exemption accommodation' which is generally a hostel or sheltered accommodation.
  • are of State Pension age but check because this changes if you are a couple and only one of you is of State Pension age
  • qualify for or get the severe disability premium

If you are already on Housing Benefit, you will remain on that benefit until your circumstances change.

Council Tax Support

Council Tax Support is a discount that reduces the amount of Council Tax to help people on a low income to afford their Council Tax.

You can claim whether you work or not, but you must be the person responsible for paying the rent and/or Council Tax. You can only make a claim for your home.