Housing benefits

Help with your rent

Housing Benefit has been replaced by Universal credit. Most working-age are no longer be able to claim Housing Benefit to help to pay their rent and must claim  Universal Credit instead.

However, there are a few exemptions:

  • If you live in temporary accommodation provided by Redbridge Housing Department.
  • If you live in supported accommodation
  • If you and your partner are of pension age

For more information about Housing Benefit including how to claim, please visit  https://www.redbridge.gov.uk/benefits/new-claim/



Help with your Council Tax

If you are on a low income and are the person responsible for paying Council Tax, you may be able to claim Council Tax Reduction.

If you are a pensioner who shares your home with another adult who is not your partner, and they are unable to pay towards the Council Tax, you can apply for Second Adult Rebate

Council Tax Reduction is calculated using your household and income.

For more information about Council Tax Reduction including how to claim, visit https://www.redbridge.gov.uk/council-tax/apply-for-council-tax-reduction-scheme/


Council Tax Discounts and Exemptions

Discounts for disabled people:

Your Council Tax may be reduced if you, or someone who lives with you, have special needs because of a disability. These special adaptations could include an extra bathroom, kitchen or extra space for wheelchairs. If you qualify for a disabled reduction, your property will be moved down a band.

There are other discounts and exemptions too that relate to single occupants, students, school leavers, severe mental impairment, hospitalisation, imprisonment and many more.

For more information about discounts and exemptions including how to apply, please visit


Useful links

Other MyLife pages: Disability benefits, Work-related benefits, Tax credits,Help filling in benefit forms, Disabled facilities grant, Homelessness

External websites: Redbridge i, GOV.UK