You cannot claim Housing Benefit to help you with your mortgage (Shared Owners may be able to claim Housing Benefit on their share of the rent). This section outlines a few benefits that do help with mortgage payments. If you’d like to see exactly what benefits you may be able to receive, visit entitledto.co.uk
Support for Mortgage Interest SMI
You may be able to get help towards interest payments on your mortgage or loans you’ve taken out for certain repairs and improvements to your home. This help is paid as part of your benefit and is called Support for Mortgage Interest (SMI) and it is normally paid directly to your lender. Please contact the Pension Service (details on next page) to see if you can claim.
Please Note: You cannot get help towards the amount you borrowed – only the interest and there is no guarantee that you will get SMI for a loan you take out.
Council Tax Support
If you are on a low-income, including if you have a small pension and/or benefits, then you may be entitled to Council Tax Support. This is claimed from your local council and if you have a state pension, you could be entitled to 100% support with your Council Tax. If you live in the property by yourself you can apply for a 25% discount.
If you want to make a claim for Council Tax Support you will need to complete an application form from your local council.
Pension Credit is an income-related benefit made up of two parts, Guarantee Credit and Savings Credit for those of State Pension age.
- Guarantee Credit tops up your weekly income if it’s below a certain amount (there are different amounts for single people and couples)
- Savings Credit is an extra payment for people who have saved some money towards their retirement (e.g. a pension)
The quickest way to claim Pension Credit is by calling 0800 99 1234, Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm.
When you claim, you will be asked for the following proof so make sure you have it to hand:
- Your National Insurance number
- Information about your income, savings and investments
- Your bank account details
You can also fill-out a Pension Credit claim form and post it to your nearest Pension Centre.