If you are a care leaver and you are aged over 18 and under 22, you may be exempt from the rules that stop some 18-21 year olds getting the Housing Element of Universal Credit to help pay for their rent. If you are a care leaver living in private rented accommodation, your Housing Benefit (or Housing Element of Universal Credit) may be based on you needing one bedroom in a self-contained property. If you think you qualify, you should click ‘yes’.
Do not include any child that receives a benefit in their own name, such as Income Support, income-based Jobseeker's Allowance, income-related Employment & Support Allowance or Universal Credit. Do not include any child that is in care or that the local authority is paying you an allowance to look after, for example, a fostering allowance. You do not qualify for child related benefits for these children.
It's important to make sure that you get all the help that you're entitled to. These pages give you information on benefits and tax credits if you are working or unemployed, sick or disabled, a parent, a young person, an older person or a veteran. There is also information about council tax and housing costs, national insurance, payment of benefits and problems with benefits.