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Housing Benefit

Housing Benefit is administered by West Lothian Council on behalf of the Government.

Each Scottish local authority administers these schemes for their own area.

Help to pay your rent - Housing Benefit

What is Housing Benefit?

Housing Benefit helps you pay your rent if you are on a low income. You don't have to be unemployed or retired to claim - anyone on a low income can apply. The amount of Housing Benefit you get is worked out by looking at:

  • How much money you have coming in. 
  • Your personal circumstances and the amount of rent you have to pay, as well as the number of bedrooms you and your family require
  • The amount of savings you have (more than £16,000 will normally disqualify you).

In order to make a claim you must provide proof of your identity, National Insurance number, income, savings and all capital; this information is also required for your partner if you have one. If you are living together as a couple your income is assessed jointly.

  • When will your benefit start from?

    Your entitlement to Housing Benefit usually starts from the Monday after we receive your claim or you contact us to make a claim. This is why it is important to apply as soon as possible.

  • How to apply

    Details of how to apply for Housing Benefit

  • Change in circumstances

    Details of when and how to tell us about a change that will effect the amount of housing benefit you are entitled too.

  • Local Housing Allowance

    Local Housing Allowance is a way of working out the maximum Housing Benefit for tenants who rent from a private landlord.

  • Disputing your Housing Benefit award

    What to do if you think your Housing Benefit decision might be wrong?

  • Scottish Welfare Fund

    Details of how to apply and who can apply for Crisis and Community Care Grants through the Scottish Welfare Fund.

  • Discretionary Housing Payment

    The Discretionary Housing Payment fund is a "cash limited" fund available for "short term" assistance for those people who face "real hardship" as a result of not being able to meet their housing costs. Discretionary Housing Payments are available to assist council tenants, tenants of registered social landlords and tenants who are renting in the private sector.

  • Housing Benefit Overpayments

    Overpayments are any payment of benefit that a person was not entitled to.

  • The Bedroom Tax

    The bedroom tax cuts the amount of Housing Benefit that you can get if you are considered to have a spare bedroom.

  • Non dependant deductions

    Non-Dependants are adults (aged 18 or over) who live with you but are not joint-tenants or your partner.

  • Application for Housing Benefit on two homes

    This form should be used to apply for a Housing Benefit on two homes payment.