It is a national scheme, with the rules set by Government, but is administered by local authorities.
If you pay rent for your home and live on a low income, you may be able to get some help. The amount you could receive depends on who lives with you, the amount of money you have coming in and any savings you have. If your capital exceeds £16,000 you can not apply for housing benefit unless you or your partner are receiving Pension Credit Guarantee Credit.
From 27 July 2016 most working-age customers who are making a new claim for help towards paying rent will have to claim Universal Credit
People of pension age are not affected by this change and can still apply for Housing Benefit.
Click here for a quick online estimate of any entitlement to Housing Benefit and other welfare benefits.
From 1st April 2013, Council Tax Benefit has been abolished. Mendip District Council now has its own local scheme to help towards Council Tax. Please see the Council Tax Support Page for more information.
To make a claim for housing benefit you can:
It is your responsibility to inform the Council of changes in your circumstances.
If you are housebound and have nobody to help with your claim or to make a new claim, then we can arrange for an officer to visit you at home.
If you require additional help with your housing costs on top of the housing benefit you currently receive, you may be entitled to Discretionary Housing Payments.
If you disagree with a decision we have sent you about your benefit, you can:
All private tenant claims made after 7 April 2008 will be subject to LHA rates.