Housing Benefit and Council Tax Support

What is Housing Benefit?

Housing Benefit is a national Welfare Benefit to help you pay your rent if you are on a low income. It is sometimes called Rent Rebate if you live in a Council owned property and Rent Allowance or Local Housing Allowance if you live in a privately rented property.

Local Housing Allowance is a way of working out new claims for Housing Benefit for tenants renting accommodation from a private landlord.

There are special rules for Council and Housing Association Tenants of working age if you have a spare bedroom.

What is Council Tax Support?

Council Tax Support is not a state benefit, but a Council Tax discount scheme. Whilst those of pension age will not see any change, all working age people will see a reduction in the amount of support they receive for Council Tax. Click here to find out more.

Are you entitled?

If you would like an estimate of how much benefit you may be entitled to, please telephone us on 01757 705101 and ask for a trial assessment. Then use the online form to make a claim. Use the links on the side of this page to explore more about benefits.

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

Check out our handy FAQs guide.


Useful numbers

Pensions Service
Tel: 0845 606 0265 (for pension-age customers)

Jobcentre Plus
Tel: 0800 0556688 (for working-age customers)

HM Revenue and Customs (for Tax Credits)
Tel: 0845 300 3900

Citizens Advice Selby District
Tel: 03444 111 444

Age Concern
Tel: (01757) 704115 (if you are over pension age)

Selby and District DIAL (disability group)
12 Park Street, Selby, YO8 4PW
Tel: 01757 210495
email: selbydial@tiscali.co.uk

Leaflets and brochures

We have a series of leaflets on different aspects of Housing Benefit. You can download these from the website.

  1. How to Claim - pdf
  2. Non-Dependant Deductions - pdf
  3. Overpayments - pdf
  4. Extended Payments - pdf
  5. Understanding our Decision and Making an Appeal - pdf
  6. Benefit on Two Homes - pdf
  7. Benefit when you are away from home - pdf
  8. Will You Qualify? - pdf
  9. Persons from Abroad - pdf
  10. When Will Your Benefit Start? - pdf
  11. Students - pdf
  12. Discretionary Housing Payments - pdf
  13. Changes in Circumstances - pdf
  14. Backdated Benefit - pdf
  15. Benefit Fraud - pdf
  16. Self Employed - pdf
  17. Benefit for People Who Work - pdf

Landlord's guide to Housing Benefit and Council Tax Support - pdf

Please note that we stock a wide range of Social Security Benefit leaflets and booklets. Booklets are also available in large print. These include:

  • Pension Credits, Benefit for the sick and disabled; and
  • information for carers.