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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

    Details of the different rates of local housing allowance (LHA) paid within the different postcode areas in West Lothian.