Housing Benefit is administered by West Lothian Council on behalf of the Government.
Each Scottish local authority administers these schemes for their own area.
Can I claim Housing Benefit?
From the 16th May 2018 Universal Credit has been introduced in West Lothian, as a result you can only claim Housing Benefit if you meet one or more of the following conditions:
- You live in and pay rent for a property in which you receive care, support or supervision.
- You live in and pay rent for temporary accommodation.
- You are liable to pay rent and have reached your state pension age, you can find out more about your state pension age here.
If you do not meet any of the conditions outlined above and require help with your housing costs, you will need to claim Universal Credit here.
If you require further advice or assistance in claiming Universal Credit, help is available at the councils Advice Shop.
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.
Data Protection law gives you a number of rights including the right to make a complaint about the handling of your personal information. Complaints should be submitted to the Information Commissioner's Office or the Council's Data Protection Officer. Further details can be found on the Data Protection Section of our website.