This is a charge for living in a property.
Note: these figures are a rough guide and exclude any service charges. Rent may be higher subject to location and property size.
Housing benefit covers all of your eligible rent. Housing benefit may be reduced if another person lives with you.
From April 2013 the government will only pay housing benefit based on your needs. You should make sure you're applying for a property that's the right size.
The amount of housing benefit depends on your income, capital, age, whether you have a partner or children, or whether you are disabled or care for a disabled person. Find out more on the Directgov website.
If you don't pay you rent you could lose your home. If you're evicted it affects your credit rating and reduces your ability to secure future credit. It also reduces the likelihood of being offered alternative housing.
You'll have the following costs to consider:
Gas and electricity costs
(These figures may change during the year).
Weekly food bills vary depending on where you shop. Here's a rough guide: