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Coronavirus rates in Oldham remain high. Additional restrictions are now in force. Do not socialise with anyone who does not live in your house, avoid using public transport, wear a face covering.

Coronavirus: Information and advice

Housing Benefit or Universal Credit

If your household has a low income then you may be able to claim benefits to help pay your rent.

There are 2 types of benefit; Housing Benefit or Universal Credit.

Answer some simple questions to see which you should apply for:

Do you live in supported accommodation?

YES: You could be eligible for Housing Benefit
NO: Go to next question

Are you currently receiving Universal Credit?

YES: Rent charges should be included in your Universal Credit. If they are not included you will need to contact the Universal Credit Service to discuss the details of your award.
NO: Go to next question

Are you already getting Housing Benefit in Oldham and have moved to a new address?

YES: Go to Change of circumstance
NO: Go to next question

Are you, or is someone in your household, of state pension age?

YES: From 15 May 2019, mixed age couples (where one member is of state pension age and the other is working age) may not qualify for Housing Benefit and will need to claim Universal Credit for help with their housing costs.
NO: Go to next question

Are you a single pensioner or part of a couple where both of you are pension-age?

YES: Go to Housing Benefit
NO: Go to next question

Are you part of a mixed age couple and do you already get Pension Credit?

YES: Go to Housing Benefit
NO: Go to next question

Are you part of a mixed age couple claiming help with your housing costs for the first time?

YES: Go to Universal Credit
NO: Go to next question

Do you or your partner get a benefit that includes a severe disability premium?

This could also include if the benefit ended in the last month but continue to be eligible for a severe disability premium
YES: Go to Housing Benefit
NO: You may be eligible for Universal Credit