UK citizens who do not have the opportunity to pay for housing have the right to get housing allowance, which will help to cover the lease or a part of it. Note that the housing allowance does not apply to heating, water and food.
What you can count on
Housing allowance can cover the lease in full or in part. A fixed benefit does not exist. The amount of assistance depends on what kind of living space you are renting: private or allocated by local authorities. If it comes to social housing, the assistance you receive depends on: - your income, including pensions, allowances and savings (more than £6,000); - suitable rent; - availability of free rooms; - family circumstances: incapacity, etc.
If you live in social housing and have a spare room, then your allowance can be reduced: for example, by 14% for one spare room, 25% for two or more. For example, your rent is £100 per week. The allowance is £50, the rest you pay. You have one spare room, so the benefit reduction is 14%. This means that your allowance will be less by £14 per week. At the same time in one room can live: - two children up to 10 years (regardless of gender); - two children under the age of 16 (same gender); - married couple. A separate room can be allocated: - to one adult; - one child, if the other common rooms are occupied; - a child who cannot share a room with someone because of incapacity; - a guardian for an incapacitated resident, if the guardian must remain at night. Rooms used by students or the military people are not considered free if residents have left, but intend to return.