Housing Benefit

If you are having trouble paying your rent you may be able to claim Housing Benefit. The following affect if you can get help:

  • Your income which includes your earnings, other benefits and tax credits
  • Your savings - if they are less than £16,000
  • The income of anyone else who lives with you such as grown up children or parents

Apply for Housing Benefit

To apply for Housing Benefit please print and fill in the following form:  

Please check that you have provided the evidence listed on page 23 of the form as your application cannot be processed without it.

If you rent a mobile home or caravan you do not come under Local Housing Allowance rules therefore please contact the Benefits Department.

Deciding Housing Benefit applications

We aim to decide complete applications within 14 days. We will write to you to confirm that your application is being processed.

If you can get assistance your benefit can be paid into your bank account or to your landlord - for more details see:

If you haven't been able to apply for benefits immediately we may be able to backdate your application - for more details see:

Housing Benefit rates

Housing Benefit is calculated under the Local Housing Allowance (LHA) scheme and is based on:

  • the area you live in which is known as the Broad Rental Market Area (BRMA)
  • Find out which BRMA you are in on a map and
  • the number of bedrooms you require
  • the shared room rate applies to applicants aged under 35.

One bedroom per single adult applicant and adult couple plus one additional bedroom for:

  • any other adult aged 16 or over
  • any two children under the age of 10
  • any two children of the same sex under the age of 16
  • any other child.

2015-2016 weekly rates

Number of bedroomsBroad Rental Market Area (BRMA) rates for 2015-2016
  Cherwell Oxford Cheltenham
Shared £73.53 £80.55 £68.35
1   bedroom £126.27 £158.90 £111.83
2   bedrooms £157.56 £192.48 £143.34
3   bedrooms £187.87 £230.14 £174.43
4   bedrooms £248.35 £299.18 £240.59

2014-2015 weekly rates

Number of bedroomsBroad Rental Market Area (BRMA) rates for 2014-2015
  Cherwell Oxford Cheltenham
Shared £70.70 £80.81 £68.64
1   bedroom  £121.41 £157.33 £110.72
2   bedrooms £156.00 £190.57 £141.92
3   bedrooms £180.64 £228.00 £172.70
4   bedrooms £238.80 £303.00 £238.21

2013-2014 weekly rates

Number of bedrooms Broad Rental Market Area (BRMA) rates for  2013 -2014
  Cherwell Oxford Cheltenham
Shared £70.00 £80.89 £66.00
1   bedroom  £116.74 £155.77 £109.62
2   bedrooms £150.00 £188.68 £143.87
3   bedrooms £178.85 £219.23 £170.99
4   bedrooms £229.62 £300.00 £235.85

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We may check information you have provided, or information about you that someone else has provided, with other information held by us.

We may also get information about you from certain third parties or give them information to:

  • Prevent or detect crime
  • Protect public funds
  • Make sure the information is correct.

These third parties include the following:

  • Government departments
  • Local authorities
  • Private-sector companies such as banks
  • Organisations that may lend you money
  • Companies that help us detect and prevent fraud such as Experian.

We will not give information about you to anyone else, or use information about you for other purposes, unless allowed by law.

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