How to claim Housing Benefit and Council Tax Support
From 25 July 2018 we went live with Universal Credit Full Service. From this date we cannot accept new claims for Housing Benefit for working age customers unless you
- live in Exempt or Specified Supported Accommodation - This does not apply if you live in supported accommodation that is not classed as a Hostel and is managed by Sunderland Care and Support or Together for Children where the Council is your landlord - You must apply for Universal Credit to help with your housing costs.
- have been placed in Temporary Accommodation - this is where you have been placed in accommodation by the Council to discharge our homelessness function and the landlord is the Council or a Housing Association.
- are receiving a benefit which contains a severe disability premium or were entitled to it in the last month (this usually applies where you have Personal Independence payment at the standard or enhanced rate, Disability Living Allowance care component at the middle or higher rate, Attendance Allowance or Constant Attendance Allowance or Armed Forces Independence Payment and no one receives Carers Allowance or the Universal Credit Care element for you).
If you are already claiming Housing Benefit within the City, a new claim is not required if you have changed address. You can continue to receive your housing costs via Housing Benefit.
Please complete this form to report your change of address.
You must still complete this form if you want to apply for Council Tax Support.
Housing Benefit Estimates
To find out if you qualify for Housing Benefit based on your current circumstances use this online calculator.
Making a claim to Housing Benefit and Council Tax Support
Claim housing benefit and council tax support using our online form.
When completing the form, it is best to have certain details to hand such as:
- Identity and National Insurance numbers
- Income and earnings
- Savings and capital
- Household details
- Rent and tenancy details
Where applicable, we will also ask to see proof of this information to support your application.
Once your claim form has been submitted, we will contact you if any further information is needed.
Once all the necessary information has been received, your claim will be processed and your benefit will normally be paid from the Monday following the date we received your claim.
You will receive a letter giving details of your award.