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If YES to both, you can possibly claim benefit.
It's best to claim straight away, if you delay you may lose benefit.
To get an idea of how much benefit you might be entitled to please use the on-line calculator.
If you wish to claim help towards your rent and Council Tax please print off and complete the Benefit Claim Form in the Useful Documents section below or call into one of the following Council Offices:-
Newcastle Borough Council
Telephone: 01782 715500
Kidsgrove Town Hall
If you claim Income Support or Jobseeker's Allowance the Jobcentre will complete an application form over the telephone with you and forward it to the council on your behalf.
If you are in receipt of Pension Credit (Guarantee and/or Savings Credit) the Pensions Service will complete an application form over the telephone with you and forward it to the council on your behalf.
It is important that we can be sure of your identity when you make a claim. We will ask for two separate forms of identity for yourself and partner e.g. driving licence, passport, birth certificate.
We will also need to verifiy you and your partner's National Insurance numbers.
You will need to provide documentary evidence for all income and capital declared on the claim form for both yourself and partner together with income evidence for all non-dependants. Documents that are usually required are listed below:
Important: Please note all documents must be originals, we do not accept photocopies.
If you live in rented accommodation you will also need to complete a Housing Benefit Rent Details Form. If you rent from a private landlord you will also need to complete the Local Housing Allowance Payment Details Form. Both forms can be found under Useful Documents at the bottom of the page.
If you are unable to provide evidence of your wages or benefits received you can print off a Certificate of Benefits Received or a Certificate of Earned Income listed under Useful Documents at the bottom of the page.
Please read the form carefully before completing. Every question on the form must be answered, and you must provide all the evidence necessary. If you fail to do so, you will be asked to provide further information and this could lead to a delay in your claim being processed.
If you do not provide all the required evidence when you initally make the claim the Council will allow you one calendar month to provide any outstanding information. Once you have provided all the information needed to support your claim the Council will aim to process it within 14 days.
If you require help in completing the form or have any questions in relation to applying for help towards your Housing Benefit please contact the Revenues & Benefits Section on 01782 715500.