RENT - Claims for UNIVERSAL CREDIT (working-age only)
Gosport is now a Universal Credit (UC) Full Service area. If you are applying for, or already getting UC, you should receive a 'Housing Element' payment for your rent which will be included in your UC payment. You will not be able to claim Housing Benefit unless you fall in to one of the categories below (see claims for Housing Benefit).
To make a claim for Universal Credit, please go to www.gov.uk/universal-credit.
Find out more on our Universal Credit page.
Claims for LOCAL COUNCIL TAX SUPPORT
Universal Credit does not replace Council Tax Support, so if you need help towards the cost of your Council Tax, make sure you claim help from the Council as soon as possible. Please refer to the section below 'To make a claim online'.
Claims for HOUSING BENEFIT
There are a small number of people who will not have their housing costs paid as part of their Universal Credit, so can still claim Housing Benefit. You can claim Housing Benefit if:-
If you have any questions about the accommodation you are in and are unsure which benefit to claim, please ask the Benefit Team for further advice before claiming UC.
To MAKE A CLAIM online
To make a claim for Local Council Tax Support (or Housing Benefit if you fall in to one of the categories above) you will need to complete an outline application form.
Are you already claiming Housing Benefit/Council Tax Support and want to tell us about a change in your circumstances ?
Tell us ONLINE and ON TIME!
Complete the online change of circumstance form AND attach any documents to evidence your change here
Where any additional information is needed to process your claim, we will contact you to tell you about this. We will contact you by telephone, text, email or by letter.
Here are some examples of changes that may affect the amount of benefit you are entitled to:-
If you are unsure about what you need to tell us, or if need any further information regarding Housing Benefit or LCTS, please contact the Benefits Section on (023) 9254 5325. or email firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information about electronic communications, see theauthorising us to do this.
Do you know someone who is claiming benefit to which they may not be entitled?
If the answer to the above question is yes, telephone this office on (023) 9254 5545 giving full details so that allegations can be investigated. Alternatively, fill out our online form Benefit fraud.
Any information provided will be treated in the strictest confidence.