Housing Benefit helps you pay your rent if you are on a low income. The amount of Housing Benefit due to you is worked out by looking at:
Use the gov.uk Benefits Calculator to see what help you can get.
You can download the form now.
Alternatively you can request a form by calling our contact centre on 01789 260991.
If you are not sure if you qualify, make a claim.
Please remember that you are required to report changes in circumstances that may affect the level of benefit that you receive.
Reporting changes is easy:
Please note that the council will now consider applying a Civil Penalty of £50 if you fail to report a change in circumstance which results in an overpayment of Housing Benefit.
For decisions relating to Housing Benefit, if you disagree with a decision you can:
You must apply for an explanation / reconsideration or appeal in writing to Benefits within one month of the date of the award letter. Requests received after one month will be dealt with as "out of time" and it may depend on the Tribunal Service as to whether your appeal will be accepted.
You should include which part of the decision you would like clarifying or the decision you disagree with, the reason why you think it is wrong and any other supporting evidence or information.
Your request must be signed.
Discretionary Housing Payments (DHPs) are additional payments that can be made by the local authority to assist you with housing costs that are not currently being met by Housing Benefit or Universal Credit. The payments are from a limited budget set by central government.
If you are unable to complete the online application form please contact the council on 01789 260991, so we can assist you making a claim.
Helpful information is available for landlords looking to find out more about Housing Benefit in relation to tenants.
Visit our Landlords and Housing Benefit page.
Stratford-on-Avon District Council will use your personal data, which may include special data about you, to assess and administer your Housing Benefit and/or Local Council Tax Reduction Scheme claim under the Housing Benefit Regulations and the council's Local Council Tax Reduction Scheme.
We may share your information with other council departments etc. We do this in the performance of the tasks that we carry out in the public interest, in the exercise of our official authority and because it is in the substantial public interest.
Your personal data will be held in accordance with our Retention and Destruction Policy, which is available on our website.
For further information, or to access your information rights, please see our Data Protection policy, contact our Data Protection Officer by post at our Elizabeth House address, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01789 267575.
If you suspect anyone of fraud, please call 01789 260486 or email email@example.com.
For further information about how the council deals with fraud, please see our Counter-Fraud Statement.
For further information, please contact Revenues: