Who Can Claim

You can claim Council Tax Support if:

  • You are on Pension Credit, or
  • You are on Universal Credit, Income Support or Job Seekers Allowance, Employment & Support Allowance, or
  •  You are on a low income (this includes people who are self-employed)

You can only claim Housing Benefit if:

  • You live in specified accommodation.  This is where you have been placed into your accommodation in order to receive care, support or supervision by or on behalf of your landlord
  • You live in temporary accommodation.  This is where you have been provided accommodation by the Authority because you were homeless.
  • You and your partner have reached the qualifying age for State Pension Credit
  • You are prevented from making a claim for Universal Credit (for example, you were receiving a legacy benefit which included a Severe Disability Premium within the previous month)

If you do not fall into any of these categories and need help paying your rent you should claim help from the Department for Work and Pensions by claiming  UNIVERSAL CREDIT.

You cannot get Housing or Council Tax Support if:

  • You, or your partner between you, have more than £16,000 in savings except if you are over 60 and getting Pension Credit Guarantee Credit

A partner is someone you are married to, or someone you live with as if you are married to them. If you have a partner we need to know about both of your circumstances in a joint claim.


West Lindsey District Council
Guildhall, Marshall’s Yard
DN21 2NA

Email: benefits@west-lindsey.gov.uk