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Information required to claim Housing Benefit and Council Tax Support

In order to assess a claim for Housing Benefit and Council Tax Support, you will need to provide information concerning income, savings and all household family members, this page outlines what information you need to provide.

Information required (what we need to know)

Proof of all income

This is the money coming into your household that you and any of your dependants have. It includes earnings, pensions or state benefits and any other income received. Some items of income are partially or totally ignored although you must still tell us about them.

Proof of all savings

For working age claims

This is the total of your (and any partner's) savings and investments. If the total exceeds £16,000 you will not be able to claim Housing Benefit or Council Tax Support. If the total is less than £6,000 it will not affect your benefit but you must still tell us about it. For savings between £6,000 and £16,000 an income of £1 for every £250 of savings is added to your other income total, but actual interest paid on savings is ignored.

For pension age claims

This is the total of your (and any partner's) savings and investments. If the total exceeds £16,000 you will not be able to claim Housing Benefit or Council Tax Support (unless you receive Guarantee Pension Credit). If the total is less than £10,000 it will not affect your Housing Benefit or Council Tax Support but you must still tell us about it. For savings between £10,000 and £16,000 an income of £1 for every £500 of savings is added to your other income total, but actual interest paid on savings is ignored.

You will be entitled to Housing Benefit/Council Tax Support if you are in receipt of Guarantee Pension Credit, even if your savings and investments exceed £16,000. You may also be entitled to Housing Benefit/Council Tax Support if you are in receipt of Savings Credit but your savings must be less than £16,000.

Details of household family members

The size of your household and the age and income of everyone who lives with you can affect your Housing Benefit/Council Tax Support entitlement. If you have someone living with you who is not dependent upon you, this may reduce your Housing Benefit/Council Tax Support entitlement as it is reasonable to expect such a person to contribute to household expenses.

Documents required

We will need to see original documents to prove your income, saving and national insurance number. Photocopies cannot be accepted unless we have seen the original documents.

All relevant documents must show your current address.

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