Help with paying
It is your responsibility to claim housing benefit, and any claim will not start until you have completed a claim form, however, there are many different agencies that can assist you with making a claim. See useful links page For further information please refer to South Somerset District Councils website:
By using this calculator you will get an approximate idea of how much benefit you could claim. However, if you are only entitled to partial housing benefit then you should make interim rent payments, until your claim is assessed.http://www.southsomerset.gov.uk/bencalc/ben_calc.html
If in doubt make a claim!
As soon as your claim is assessed you will receive official notification from South Somerset District Council and you should then contact the Incomes Team, to ensure that your rent account is not in arrears.
Please advise the Housing Benefit Department straight away if your personal circumstances change, as it may affect your claim.
Specialist Welfare & Benefit Advice is also available from the Incomes Team's Welfare & Benefits Officer, Judith Walker.