Housing Benefit is financial assistance provided by the Council
to help people to pay their rent.
A person can apply for Housing and Council Tax Benefit if
- Rent their home. Housing Benefit cannot be paid to assist
someone to pay their mortgage.
- Are treated as being responsible for paying the rent. You
cannot receive Housing Benefit if you are living with a family
member - for example you live with your parents. Exception to this
rule is where a joint tenancy has been granted.
- Have a sufficiently low income. What constitutes a
`low income` is dependent upon the personal circumstances of you
and your family. For example the Council may consider
that you need more money to live on each week dependent upon
factors such as age, the number of dependent children that you have
(this means that you receive Child Benefit for looking after them),
if you receive a disability benefit or if you have any caring
The amount of Housing Benefit that can be received also
varies. This is because the income of both your family and
other people living in the home can in some circumstances be taken
If you would like to see whether you have any entitlement to
Housing Benefit then please contact us. You would need to
have details of all family income and savings to enable us to
calculate this accurately. Alternatively you can complete an
online calculation via Trafford Council Website.
Click HERE to launch
the online benefits calculator
How do you claim Housing Benefit?
You can make a claim for Housing Benefit by completing the
online application on Trafford Council Website.
Click HERE to
launch the online benefit application form
You can also arrange an office appointment or home visit with
Trafford Council to complete the forms, depending on your
Help completing the Housing benefits Form
If you would like any help to complete a Housing Benefit
application, please contact Trafford Council on 0161 912 2220
or our own Money Support Team on 0300 777 7777
I get Housing Benefit but I'm still struggling to pay my
Did you know that if you receive a partial award of Housing
Benefit and struggle to pay the difference between this and
your full rent then you may be able to receive a discretionary
housing payment (DHP)
There is a small fund of money available to the Council each
year to allow them to award extra financial help to cover this
In order to apply for a Discretionary Housing Payment you
must show that...
- You receive some Housing Benefit
- There is a shortfall between the amount of Housing
Benefit that you receive and the amount of rent you are
- You are struggling to pay difference between the benefit you
get and the rent you must pay. The Council must be satisfied
that you are having realistic difficulties with this and will
require full details of both your income and the money that
you spend each week.
As the name suggests this payment is discretionary in nature and
the Council do not have the funding to make awards to everyone who
has to contribute towards their rent. They would however look
at the circumstances of each application made.
If awarded, the Discretionary Housing Payment can either be by
way of a lump sum, which would be credited to your rent
account, or by an increase to the amount of Housing Benefit
that you receive each week.
If you would like to make an application for a Discretionary
Housing Payment then you can download an application from Trafford
Council website HERE. Alternatively call
Trafford Housing Trust on 0300 777 7777 and we shall forward one to
My Housing Benefit award has a `non dependent
deduction`, what is this.
If you have people over the age of 18 living with you (for whom
you do not receive Child Benefit) then your Housing Benefit award
may be reduced. This person is called a `non dependent`.
The amount of the reduction is based on the gross income of the
If the tenant / tenants partner receives either the Care
Component of Disability Living Allowance or Attendance Allowance
then no non dependent deduction will be applied to your Housing
Benefit award even if other people are living with you.
My circumstances have changed - what do I need to do?
If you receive any kind of benefit then you need to report any
changes to your family or income to the appropriate DWP office and
separately to Trafford Council on 0161 912 2220 as soon as they
happen. You should also notify the Trust on 0300 777 7777 or by
email to email@example.com
as we may be able to give you information to help
Changes which must be reported include:
- Changes to your household. This could include for
example a partner moving in or moving out, or a child leaving home
or you no longer receiving Child Benefit for them.
- Changes to your household income. This could include for
example changes to your wages or benefits, or changes to the income
of other people who live with you
- If you start or stop employment
- If the number of hours that you work increase or decrease
- If you are advised that you can no longer receive a
benefit. This can include for example Disability Living
Allowance, Incapacity Benefit or Employment and Support
Allowance. This needs to be reported even if you are
appealing against the decision to stop your award.