Housing Benefit

Bury Council



Housing Benefit is a national welfare benefit. The purpose of the housing benefit scheme is to help people on low incomes to pay their rent.


Available In
  • Bury
Available to Age Groups
  • No Restriction
What we can help with
  • Help with accommodation or my tenancy
  • Information on government/council support schemes

Additional Information

Working age customers cannot make a new application for Housing Benefit (unless they fall into one of the exceptions categories). If you do not fall into one of the exception categories, any help with rent, must be met through Universal Credit instead.

Additionally, you cannot claim Housing Benefit if:

  • are getting Universal Credit
  • have over £16,000 in savings - the only exception to this rule is if you are receiving the guarantee element of Pension Credit
  • are a full-time student - there are exceptions to this rule for students who either have children, are aged over 60, or who are disabled
  • live in a care home, a nursing home or an elderly person's home - you may still be entitled if you move into a care home on a temporary basis
  • are an asylum seeker who has not been given refugee status or indefinite or exceptional leave to remain in the UK
  • have been admitted to the UK on condition that you have 'no recourse to public funds
  • are a sponsored immigrant who has lived here for less than five years
  • are in the UK illegally or your permission to stay has run out

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