For Housing Association tenants - if you want your housing benefit paid directly to your Housing Association please fill out and send in the 'Direct payment request for HA form' within the Documents section.
If you claim benefits you can give it to your Jobcentre Plus, or Social Security Office if you live in Northern Ireland.
You may be charged a penalty of up to £3,000 if you give wrong information: You won’t get a penalty if you made a mistake but took reasonable care when making a claim. You can also get help from the Tax Credit Helpline, your benefits office or an organisation like Citizens Advice. They can apply for authorisation to speak to the Tax Credit Office on your behalf or become an ‘appointee’ to manage your payments. Usually, tax credits are backdated by up to one month from the start of your claim.
Apply as soon as you know you’re eligible so you get all the money you’re entitled to. You claim tax credits on 1 January so your tax credits get backdated to 1 December.
If you want to claim housing benefit but are self-employed you'll also need to complete our self-employed income and expenditure form (Word 62KB) and send it back to us along with any other forms we've asked you to complete.
From 1 April 2016 the maximum period for which a housing benefit claim may be backdated is one month. For pension age the maximum period for which a housing benefit claim may be backdated is still 3 months.
You can check the age you will be able to claim Pension Credit on the website.If you’d claimed by 1 October you’d have been getting tax credits from 1 September.You don’t have to wait to apply if you know your income will drop to a level that means you’ll be eligible for tax credits. Example You know on 1 July that your income will drop on 1 December, but you wait until 1 December to apply. Your tax credits would have been backdated to 1 June (meaning you’d get an extra 5 months of tax credits) if you’d applied on 1 July.Working age is below the age when you are eligible to claim Pension Credit.You can check the age you will be able to claim Pension Credit by using the external link to GOV. An additional bedroom is allowed for foster children, including approved foster carers who are waiting for a child to be placed with them.