How to Claim

Housing Benefit / Universal Credit / Local Council Tax Support

If you are on a low income you could be entitled to have help with paying your rent or council tax.

Housing Benefit or Universal Credit

You will receive help from:

Castle Point Borough Council's Housing Benefit department

If you are

  • pension age; or
  • living in temporary or supported accommodation. This is accommodation provided by a landlord in the social or voluntary sector where the claimant is provided with care, support or supervision by the landlord or by someone acting on the landlord’s behalf.
  • Complete an Online Housing Benefit and Local Council Tax Support Claim Form.

If you are working age and none of the above apply to you, you will need to make a claim for Universal Credit via the Department for Work and Pensions (your local Job Centre Plus). 

See when Universal credit goes live in Castle Point

If you are entitled to claim Universal Credit you must claim it online. If you need help making your claim, call the Universal Credit helpline 0800 328 5644 (8am to 6pm, Monday to Friday). If you claim Universal Credit you will still need to claim Council Tax Support separately.

Further information on Universal Credit.

Discretionary Housing Payments

  • The Discretionary Housing Payment scheme is to assist Housing Benefit/Universal Credit claimants who may need further help with their housing costs.
  • The council receives some money from the Government towards the Discretionary Housing Payment scheme. The amount we can spend is limited and not everyone who claims a Discretionary Housing Payment will be given assistance.
  • Online Discretionary Housing Payment form

Advice and Support

Please see the advice and support timetable Advice & Support Timetable [pdf] 290KB  showing what is available across the borough for free. 

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