Benefit and support with rent payments
If you're worried about not being able to pay your rent, Housing Benefit and Universal Credit (UC) can provide you with support.
Universal Credit is a benefit for working age people and is paid to claimants once a month – it includes support for rent and is gradually replacing Housing Benefit for this age group.
If you're a social housing tenant, you may be entitled to help because of your low income and you could get the full costs of your rent covered by benefit.
Not all residents will receive the full amount. If you have more bedrooms than you need you may be affected by the social housing size criteria, sometimes called the bedroom tax. You may also be affected by the benefit cap which limits the total amount of money you can receive, including out-of-work benefits and support with your rent.
You can find out more about UC and what benefit you are entitled to on the UK Government's website.