Go to My Benefits
You can view your benefits information on ‘My Benefits’ - our online account.
My Benefits is the best way to view up to date and personalised information about your benefits.
You can use My Benefits to:
make a claim for housing benefit and the council tax discount scheme
view housing benefits payments, payment methods, dates and reductions
view your council tax discount scheme award
view and download award notifications
view your personal information related to benefits and notify us of any changes in circumstances
get answers to your frequently asked questions
submit requests to us, and track their progress
Before you begin, you will need to create an account.
Creating an account
To create an account you will need an email address.
If you don't have an email address, this Learn My Way guide will help you set up an account.
Once you've set up your email account, you'll be able to create and activate your My Benefits Account.
To create your account, go to My Benefits account and follow these steps:
click on 'Register'
enter your personal details
you'll receive an email to activate your account – click the link in the email
your account is now activated
login using your email address and your newly created password
Alternatively, you can use an existing social media account such as Facebook or Google to authenticate yourself. We will not have access to any of your personal information.
I haven’t received an email
If you don't receive an email to allow you to activate your account, check that the email hasn't gone directly into your 'junk' or 'spam' folder.
If not, click on 'sign in' and enter the email address and password used to register.
You'll get an error message, however this will prompt another activation email to be sent. If you do not receive this activation email then please contact us.
Setting up an account on behalf of a relative or friend
You can set up account on behalf of a relative or friend with their permission.
In order to link their accounts, you'll need to have their benefit claim reference. Please note that we will be unable to supply this information to you without written confirmation.
To apply for benefits, after logging in, go to ‘submit a request.’
You’ll need your claim reference number to complete your registration and view personalised information.
After registration, select ‘get answers fast’ and enter the following information:
your house number
your claim reference (This is an 8 digit number. If you are claiming benefit for the first time we will provide you with your reference number. If not, this is on the notification letters that have previously been issued to you.)
your National Insurance number
After entering this information, select ‘Register’ to complete your registration.
I can’t register a My Benefits claim on my account
A benefit claim has to be in payment to be able to complete your registration and see personal information.
If you have applied for housing benefit or the council tax discount scheme through My Benefits Account then you can track progress on your claim through ‘track my requests’.
You will receive a confirmation email when your claim has been assessed.
If you need help creating an account, making a new claim or submitting a change in circumstances please book an appointment directly with your caseworker.
Having trouble logging in
To log in you will need to use the email address and password that you entered when you created your account.
The first time you log in, you must activate your account by clicking on the link in the email that is sent to you.
Go to the log in screen of My Benefits Account and click on ‘Forgot Password’.
You'll receive an email from firstname.lastname@example.org containing a link to change your password. If you do not receive this, please check your 'junk' or 'spam' folder.
Using your personal information
Any personal information you give us is held securely and will be used only for council purposes. Information collected for one purpose may be used for another purpose by the council unless there are legal restrictions preventing this. Using your information in this way helps us to deliver more efficient services that can be tailored to your needs and preferences. We will not share your information with third parties for commercial or marketing purposes.
We may share your personal information with other agencies (for example law enforcement agencies) where the law requires us to or where it is appropriate to support our duty to protect public funds and/or detect and prevent fraud.