If you are struggling to pay your housing bills then this page will give you more information on what you can do.
What you can do and further information
There are a number of reasons why your benefits may not cover your full rent and council tax liability. These are explained in the articles Housing Benefit and Universal Credit housing costs restrictions. These reasons include the Bedroom Tax, the Benefit Cap and Housing Costs Contributions and Non-Dependents. These three articles suggest ways of tackling these problems but failing this claimants may want to consider asking for a Discretionary Housing Payment. If you are in receipt of Universal Credit then you should refer to Housing Costs under Universal Credit if you live in rented accommodation. Universal Credit recipients can ask for their housing costs amount to be paid direct to their landlord. EU Nationals may find that the problem is caused because of the right to reside test which is explained in EU Nationals and Genuine Prospect of Work issues This is explained in Universal Credit and Alternative Payment Arrangements. If you own your own home then some details of how the benefit system helps with your mortgage payment is explained in Help with Mortgage Interest. If you need help with any aspect of claims for these benefits see the article Where to get advice.