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How to claim help with your rent and council tax

Benefits calculator - see if you're entitled

Our benefit calculators can help you find out if you might be entitled to claim benefits including housing benefit, before you start filling in our claim form.

  • Benefits calculator: The benefits calculator works out entitlement to current welfare benefits including local council tax support and housing benefit 

Housing benefit calculator

  • Local council tax support (LCTS) calculator: Use this calculator if you only want to know about LCTS

Council tax support calculator

  • Welfare reform calculator: This calculator will tell you how you might be affected by under occupancy and also the benefits cap

Welfare reform calculator

Unfortunately we do not currently have the facility to accept claims online.   Print claim form

Please remember that any calculation is an estimate based on the information you supply. To get a proper decision, you should submit a full claim as soon as possible, along with any supporting documentation. Any delays might mean that you lose out.

We normally only award benefit from the Monday after you have told us you want to make a claim.

You can also read more about other help and advice available including a free benefit check from the local Citizens Advice Bureau in Maldon.

If you need any help with the online calculator or with making a claim then you can contact us.