Housing benefit (HB)
Housing benefit is a benefit for people on a low income. It helps you to pay for part or all of your rent.
You cannot apply for housing benefit if you own your own home, have claimed universal credit or are of working age, unless you meet one of the following criteria:
- Live in supported accommodation, you must be receiving care, support or supervision from your landlord or care provider
- Live in temporary accommodation
- Be entitled to the severe disability premium
If you rent your home from a private landlord your housing benefit will be calculated on the local housing allowance (LHA) rate appropriate to your household size and the area of the East Riding you live in.
The LHA rate will be the maximum amount of housing benefit you will be eligible to receive based on the number of bedrooms your household needs. This is not the amount of benefit you may receive.
The LHA is set annually each April by the Valuation Office Agency.
To check which rate your housing benefit would be assessed on please follow the link below:
Check your LHA rate (external website)
Local authority or housing association tenants
If you rent your home from the council or a housing association your housing benefit will be calculated on the rent for your property less any ineligible services
Your eligible rent figure may be restricted if you have a spare bedroom(s) based on the number of bedrooms required by your household.
The following size criteria apply, a bedroom will be allocated to:
- a single adult or couple
- 2 children under the age of 10 of the same or opposite sex
- 2 children under the age of 16 of the same sex
- each person aged 16 or over
- any other child
- a bedroom for a non-resident carer where overnight care has been determined.
There are additional rules for:
- disabled children
- foster carers
- non-dependents who are in the armed forces.
What is the reduction?
- A 14% reduction for those who are deemed to be under-occupying by one room
- A 25% reduction for those who are deemed to be under-occupying by two or more rooms.
Council tax support (CTS)
Council tax support is a means-tested council tax reduction. How much support you will receive will depend on your income and circumstances.
- Working-age residents will receive a maximum of 75% support towards their council tax bill
- Residents who are of state pension credit age are eligible to receive a maximum of 100% support towards their council tax bill.
Our local council tax support scheme applies to all working-age residents. Click on the link below to view full details of the local scheme;
Council tax support scheme regulations 2019/2020 (pdf 1mb)
Council tax support scheme regulations 2020/2021 (pdf 722kb)
The national council tax support scheme applies to all state pension credit age residents. View the full details of the scheme:
National council tax support scheme (pension age) (pdf 362kb)