1. Your Rent
Skip this step if you
just want help with your Council Tax bill
How much is your rent ?
Warning - the amount may be restricted for benefits purposes
Do not include charges for ineligible services such as meals and heating. £
Select the "rent period" ( how often rent is paid ). Fortnightly
and monthly figures are automatically converted to weekly amounts.
the number of rent free weeks ( if any ) in your rent year. Gateshead Council
tenants have 2 rent free weeks.
If this is a fresh claim and you rent from a private landlord not a housing association the the Local Housing Allowance figure will be used instead of the actual rent (You can calculate your
Local Housing Allowance using our online calculator - Link opens in a new window). If applicable, enter this figure.
Weekly LHA rates are also on the council website - they
depend on the number of bedrooms appropriate for the claim.
If the actual rent is higher than the LHA, you pay the excess - if it is less, you may receive up to £15 more than the rent. £
2. Your Council Tax
Skip this stage if you do not want help with
your Council Tax bill
Please refer to your most recent Council Tax bill
your actual Annual Council Tax due after deducting any discount, but before any benefit
Do you receive a
3. General Information
Are you single or living with a partner (can be same gender) as a couple?
your age (or the age of the oldest person in a couple)
Are you (the claimant) on Income
Support, income based Jobseekers Allowance or Pension Guarantee Credit?
4. Disability or Carer Details
Disability applies if you (or partner) meet one of these qualifying conditions:-
Do you get Attendance Allowance, Constant Attendance Allowance, Disability Living Allowance, Invalid Vehicle Scheme
or Motability, War Pensioners' Mobility Supplement, Severe Disablement Allowance
Or, if you are the claimant and have been incapable of work for at least 52 weeks, Incapacity Benefit
Or are you registered blind (or have been blind but regained your sight in the last 28 weeks)
Do you (or your partner) get the highest rate of the care component of Disability Living Allowance ?
Do these statements apply to you ? (only say yes if both of them apply)
1. You and your partner get:
The care component of Disability Living Allowance at the middle or highest rate,
Or Attendance Allowance
Or Constant Attendance
Allowance or your partner is blind and you get one of the two.
No other adult lives in your home (except for your partner,
other disabled persons, your carer, your landlord or other tenants).
Is someone getting (or entitled to) Carer's Allowance for looking after you, your partner or both of you?
If you or your partner are disabled, does the disabled person work 16 hours or more per week?
Are you or your partner being paid (or entitled to be paid) a Carer's Allowance for looking after someone else?
No CA is payable
Both of us get a CA
I work and get CA
Partner works & gets CA
I get CA but don't work
Partner has CA, not work
5. Children and Young Persons.
How many children aged
under 16 do you or your partner get child benefit for ?
Is there a baby (any child aged under one) in your family ?
How many young adults (aged 16 to 19) do you or your
partner get child benefit for ?
How many of these children are disabled and receiving Disability Living Allowance or are registered blind?
How many of these children
receive Disability Living Allowance at the highest care component rate?
6. Single Parents
Have you been receiving Housing or Council Tax Benefit without a break since 5th April 1998 ?