The Council delivers Council Tax Reduction and Housing Benefit

Benefit cap:

From the 15 July 2013 the benefit cap was introduced which limits the amount of benefit households can receive. The benefit cap was reduced further from November 2016.  
Use the benefit cap calculator to find out if you’ll be affected, and how much your benefits could go down by. 


Housing benefit changes:

There are now changes to how housing benefit for social housing is calculated for people who have one or more "spare" bedrooms. 

What benefits might I be entitled to?

You can visit https://stalbans.entitledto.co.uk/ to work out whether you may be entitled to housing benefit, council tax reduction and any other state benefits or financial help, such as Working Tax Credit, Child Tax Credits or Job Seekers Allowance. 



Struggling financially or having difficulty budgeting?

If you need some help sorting out your finances, you can use this free budgeting tool to create your own personal budget plan. It should only take a few minutes to complete if you have all your financial information to hand.

In this section

benefits information Advice and information on benefits

Find out whether you may be entitled to benefits and specific information for students, the self employed, claiming on two homes and more

dont delay applications icon Benefits' applications

Making your claim, appeals and changes in circumstances

General info Benefits publications and policies

Publications to download

no crime Fraud Hotline

How to raise concerns or suspicions in confidence about fraud and corruption which are costing the Council and taxpayer money

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This may mean that you receive less benefit than you did before, if you have one or more spare bedrooms.

Image of the benefits letter Your benefit letters explained

Once your benefit has been worked out, we'll send you a decision in writing about your benefit entitlement. Read this to understand more about this letter