Claim for Benefit

If you live in the area covered by Manchester City Council, you can use this application to:

  • see how much Housing Benefit you could get if you pay rent for your home
  • see how much Council Tax Support you could get if you are the person who is responsible for paying the Council Tax for the home you live in
  • claim free school meals
  • find out if you're entitled to Income Support, Pension Credit or Tax Credits

If you live in some postcode areas of Manchester you must claim help with your rent through Universal Credit (unless you live in supported accommodation; or have three or more children and don't already get Universal Credit; or are Pension Credit-age). Affected post codes are listed here.

The application is in two parts. The first is a calculator which can give you an idea of what you may be entitled to. The second part allows you to make a claim.

Start a new calculation/claim

Return to a calculation/claim you have saved

Note to landlords and advisors - If you are helping somebody to make a claim for Housing Benefit and Council Tax Support, you MUST have them with you at the time you complete this online claim with them. At the end of the claim you will have to review the answers given by the claimant then ask them to agree to the online declaration before submitting the claim

If you are awarded Housing Benefit and are subject to the benefit cap, we will write to you and let you know. This means that the amount of Housing Benefit quoted in the calculation on this website may be reduced.