This factsheet explains what Housing Benefit is, who qualifies for it, and how it is calculated. It explains how to claim and what to do if you want to challenge a decision. It has information about Discretionary Housing Payments and what to do if you have a change of circumstance.

This information applies if you, and your partner if you have one, are over State Pension age. This is currently 66. If you are under State Pension age, refer to factsheet 56, Benefits for people under State Pension age.

The information in this factsheet is correct for the period April 2021 to March 2022. Benefit rates are reviewed annually and take effect in April but rules and figures can sometimes change during the year. The information in this factsheet is applicable in England, Scotland and Wales.

Publisher: Age UK
Published Date: 2021
Author: Age UK
Length: 28pp