Applying for benefits

From 24 October 2018 people of working age must claim Universal Credit instead of Housing Benefit. See our page Claiming Universal Credit to find out more.

With effect from 1 April 2021 our Council Tax Support scheme will end for people of working age. You should instead apply for the new Council Tax Income Discount based on your financial circumstances.

If you are a pensioner or you live in Supported Accommodation (where the landlord is a housing association, charity or voluntary organisation) or temporary homeless accommodation and wish to claim Housing Benefit you should apply online. As this is a combined claim form, we will also consider whether you are entitled to Council Tax Support if you are a pensioner.

If you are a pensioner wishing to apply for Council Tax Support only, you can apply online using the combined form by selecting only the Council Tax Support option when prompted.

Apply for Housing Benefit and/or Council Tax Support

Before filling in the application form please read the notes within the form carefully.

To help us assess your claim as quickly as possible please use the evidence prompts within the form to upload pictures or scans of your documentation. We do not need to see original documents.

You should upload as much evidence as possible with your form. If there is evidence you are waiting for, for example if you are waiting to receive bank statements, do not delay in submitting your form as benefit is normally paid from the Monday after the first indication of a wish to claim. You can provide further evidence later by email if necessary, within one calendar month of your claim.

We will write to you for any further information we need.

Epsom & Ewell Local Council Tax Support Scheme for Pensioners 2024-25