Sometimes we need to ask you to fill in additional forms, so that we can decide how much housing benefit or council tax support you are entitled to. You can download copies of these forms below, to print and return to us.
Housing benefit and council tax support claim form (PDF 503KB) - complete this form to claim housing benefit, council tax support or second adult rebate.
Appointee form (PDF 55KB) - complete this form to become an appointee for a claimant. An appointee takes responsibility for the benefit and support claim for a person who cannot deal with their claim themselves.
Backdating request form (PDF 53KB) - complete this form to ask us to pay you from an earlier date. Find out more about backdating on our backdating page.
BACS payment details form (PDF 43KB) - complete this form if you are a private tenant and would like your housing benefit to be paid by BACS bank transfer, or if you want to change the account your benefit is paid into.
Change of circumstances form (PDF 78KB) - complete this form to report a change in your circumstances which could affect your benefit or support. Find out more about changes of circumstances on our change of circumstances page.
Proof of childcare payments form (PDF 56KB) - complete this form to prove how much you pay for childcare. You and your childcare provider both need to sign it. Your childcare costs can often be offset against your income if you are working.
Proof of earnings form (PDF 54KB) - ask your employer to complete this form to prove how much you are paid. We will normally ask you to have this form completed if you have recently started work or your pay has changed, or if you do not get payslips.
Proof of self-employed income form (PDF 84KB) - complete this form to declare your income from self-employment. We will normally ask you to complete this form if you have recently started your self-employment or if you cannot provide your accounts.
Organisations offering advice on money, benefits and other issues:
Citizens Advice Bureau
Free, independent, confidential and impartial advice on debt, benefits, housing, employment, immigration and consumer issues. Face-to-face advice at drop-in sessions, along with telephone and email advice. The Bureau can also help set up Debt Relief Orders.
Leighton Linslade Citizens Advice Bureau
Tel: 01525 373878
Opening times: Mon-Fri 10.00am to 1.00pm; Mon 4.00pm to 6.30pm
Ampthill and Biggleswade Citizens Advice Bureau
Tel: 01525 402742 or 01767 601368
Opening times: Mon-Thu 9.30am to 2.30pm
Dunstable Citizens Advice Bureau
Tel: 01582 661384
Opening times: Mon, Wed and Thu 10.00am – 12:30pm; Mon-Wed 1.00pm – 3.30pm.
Citizens Advice online - Advice Guide
Citizens Advice website with general information on people’s rights and responsibilities - including debt, benefits, housing and employment, consumer and legal issues. Factsheets on various consumer and debt issues.
Advice guide - Benefits
StepChange Debt Charity (formerly Consumer Credit Counselling Service)
The UK's leading debt advice organisation, offering free help to beat debt. They provide expert budgeting help, debt advice and solutions, plus online debt, benefits and budgeting tools.
StepChange Debt Remedy - online debt advice tool
Freephone helpline: 0808 808 4000
Mon-Fri 9.00am to 9.00pm; Sat 9.30am to 1.00pm
24-hour voicemail to request an information pack
Free, confidential and independent advice on how to deal with debt problems. Provides self-help packs and factsheets. Can also help set up debt management plans and Debt Relief Orders.
Accepts telephone, email and written enquiries.
Freephone helpline: 0800 280 2816
Mon-Fri 8.00am to 9.00pm; Sat 9.00am to 3.00pm
Free, independent debt management service funded by the credit industry. Arranges debt management plans and organises Individual Voluntary Arrangements. Negotiates repayment plans direct with creditors.
Money Advice Service
Money Advice Line: 0300 500 5000
Mon-Fri 8.00am to 6.00pm
Advice on all money matters including dealing with debt, benefits and pensions, financial products and guide to money for different stages in life. Website has a range of factsheets on financial matters, and an online “Personal Money Health Check” tool designed to help people manage their money.
Advice in person, by phone or email.
GOV.UK - Benefits
Government website with information and links about money matters, including benefits, tax credits and debt, and links to other organisations websites for help with debts.
Age UK (formerly Age Concern and Help the Aged)
Freephone helpline: 0800 169 6565
Free, impartial advice for older people on anything from debt and benefits, health and housing, to tax and pensions.
Bedfordshire Advice Directory
You can use this Directory to find out where in Bedfordshire you can get advice and information on a wide range of issues and services.
Shelter - The housing and homeless charity
Advice about finding, paying for and keeping a place to live. Housing problems often start because of financial difficulties. If you are struggling with unmanageable debt, rent or mortgage arrears, you need to take action as soon as possible.
Shelter - Housing benefit and local housing allowance