Definition of housing benefit in English:

housing benefit

noun

mass nounBritish
  • Regular payment made by the state to help those on low incomes pay for rented accommodation.

    ‘the claimant is entitled to housing benefit’
    count noun ‘delays caused anxiety for hundreds of people waiting for housing benefits’
    • ‘I have to pay my rent as my housing benefit can't be worked out because I have not yet received an award notice.’
    • ‘They need to improve their housing benefits service and current plans for housing are insufficient to meet the rising need for affordable housing locally.’
    • ‘The centre, established 20 years ago, has a crèche and helps people with everything from housing benefits to household bills.’
    • ‘Overpayment means any amount which has been paid by way of housing benefit and to which there was no entitlement.’
    • ‘After his visit to the housing benefits office, he was optimistic.’
    • ‘Local authorities pay enormous housing benefit to landlords.’
    • ‘When we receive the housing benefit for the tenant, as with all rental money, it's passed on to the landlord.’
    • ‘If the income of a person on housing benefit goes up or down, with the result that that person is entitled to less or more benefit, a different amount of benefit is payable without any fresh claim having been made.’
    • ‘If David pays rent and his income and savings are sufficiently low he may get housing benefit.’
    • ‘Many people get into arrears because they do not realise they are eligible for housing benefit or have wrongly filled in application forms.’