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Extra money for your housing costs

Claiming benefits can be complicated. The information in these pages is intended as a general guide. There are special rules for some people from abroad, for some students and for young people aged 16/17. You should seek further advice from one of the organisations listed at the end if you are in one of these groups.

There will be major changes to the benefits and tax credits system in general over the next few years, in particular, the introduction of a new benefit, universal credit, at some point after October 2013.  This will replace income support, income-based job seeker’s allowance, income-related employment and support allowance, housing benefit, working tax credit and child tax credit. See later section for more information.  When this happens, help with housing costs will be provided through universal credit for new claims.

These pages tell you about the help available to meet housing costs before and after the introduction of universal credit – part 1 covers rent, part 2 mortgage costs.

This printable leaflet provides a summary of extra money for your housing costs.