City : Money, Housing and Benefits : Housing
How can I get help with Housing?
Below we've listed some services that can help you with housing and benefits...
Local Crisis and Emergency Housing Grants
Bracknell Forest Council offers two schemes for Bracknell Forest residents:
Local Crisis Grants: The purpose of the Local Crisis Grant Scheme is to provide a one off short term payment to help in an unexpected crisis that cannot be addressed by help from family, friends, charities, or insurance.
The Home Emergency Grant Scheme: The purpose of the home emergency grant scheme is to provide what is needed to set up home after an emergency or to set up the first home for someone leaving care or an institution.
To be eligible for either grant you must be over 16 years old and have lived in Bracknell Forest for the past 6 months or 3 out of the last 5 years.
For further details, click here.
If you pay rent and are unemployed, on a low income, or claiming benefits, you can claim Housing Benefit to help you pay.
There are a variety of eligibility requirements, but you only have to fit one: check here whether you fit the requirements.
The best way to quickly figure out if your eligible for any benefits is to try a benefits calculator. Click here to be taken straight to a benefits calculator.
Council Tax Reduction
If you are under 18 and do not own or rent your home, you do not have to pay Council Tax. If you are 18 or over and do own or rent your home, you'll have to pay Council Tax.
However, there are some exemptions - if you're not sure if you need to pay, check the GOV UK website!
You can get help to pay from the Bracknell Forest Council Tax Discount Scheme. The reduction in the amount you have to pay for your Council Tax is caclualted based on your income.
For more information, click here.
Mortgage Interest Run On
A Mortgage Interest Run On is extra money that you can get towards housing costs if your other benefits are affected by:
- Starting to work full-time,
- Working more hours,
- Earning more money.
You can recieve help from A Mortgage Interest Run on for 4 weeks.
For more information check the GOV UK website.
Help Finding Housing
If you are looking for housing or accommodation, you might find it useful to get hold of:
- Addresses of local housing associations and housing cooperatives - like Silva Homes in Bracknell.
- Names of hostels, bed & breakfasts, or hotels.
- Advice on approaching the local authority as a homeless person - see here.
- Information on local housing available for people with special needs - see here.
If you're worried about becoming homeless, are homeless, or know someone close to you who is here's where to look for help...
- Bracknell Forest Council: Check the local council's help and support for homelessness and preventing homelessness here.
- Homeless Link: The Homeless Link website has information about services for homeless people, including hostels, day centres and other advice and support services.
- Shelter: Shelter are a homeless charity that can also help you to find housing and give homelesseness advice. The nearest local centre is in Slough.
- ANUK: ANUK allows you to check if a private rented landlord is part of an accreditation scheme. Accreditation schemes are voluntary schemes that landlords join to show that they provide good quality accommodation.