Apply for Housing Benefit

Housing Benefit

If you pay rent to a landlord, you should apply for Universal Credit for help with your housing costs.

You can claim Housing Benefit if you are of Pension Credit age or live in temporary or supported accommodation.

You can apply online for Housing Benefit.

Please contact us on 01902 696668 for more information

To calculate your estimated entitlement to Housing Benefit, please use our Benefits Calculator. If you decide to continue and make an application, you can complete the claim form on-line.

Housing Benefit entitlement will normally start from the Monday following your date of first contact with a designated authority (ie Council Offices, Department of Works and Pensions).

If there are good reasons, such as illness, why you couldn't make a claim earlier, your can request backdating for up to 1 month.

You can request backdating by completing the section on your application form. Alternatively, please contact us in writing confirming the date you wish Housing Benefit to be considered from and confirm the reasons for the delay in claiming.

Your housing benefit can be backdated for up to three months if you are of pension credit age, you don't have to give reasons for not claiming earlier.

Use the pension credit calculator to check when you reach pension credit age.

If you require assistance in claiming, please call 01902 696668 to arrange an appointment at our office in Codsall.

Alternatively, you can apply online or contact the Benefits Department via e-mail at


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South Staffs Council

Wolverhampton Road, Codsall

South Staffordshire


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08:30 - 17:00



08:45 - 17:00


We are closed on weekends

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