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Benefits

 

Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit can be claimed by contacting the council.

Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit are national welfare benefits which are administered by Local Authorities on behalf of the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).

Council Tax Benefit helps people on low incomes to pay their Council Tax.

Housing Benefit helps people on low incomes with their rent. There are two kinds of Housing Benefit:  

  • Rent Rebate for council tenants
  • Rent Allowance for private tenants

People who are on low incomes can get help to meet the cost of their rent by applying for housing benefit.

You can be a council tenant, a tenant of a housing association, a tenant of other organisations such as WESLO, a tenant of a private landlord or a boarder or a lodger.

You don't have to be unemployed or retired to claim - anyone on a low income can claim.

For more information you can contact the council on 01506 775000 or 01506 776800, the council's Advice Shop on 01506 776444 or you can visit one of our council offices.

In West Lothian these benefits are administered by the council's Revenues Unit. 

The Benefits Team
West Lothian Council
Revenues Unit
St David House
South Bridge Street
Bathgate
EH48 1TT

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West Lothian Home Choice

West Lothian's Private Housing Search Portal (externally hosted site)
Online payments

Online payments

Pay your council tax and other council bills.
Local Housing Allowance

Local Housing Allowance

A new way of working out and paying Housing Benefit for tenants of private landlords.
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West Lothian Home Choice

West Lothian's Private Housing Search Portal (externally hosted site)
Pay your Council Tax Email information service click here for councillors' surgeries Click here for information on benefit changes