The Welfare Reform and Work Bill received Royal Assent on the 16 March 2016. Part of the Bill covered the Benefit Cap changes, and included new exemptions for those claimants who receive Carer’s Allowance, Guardian’s Allowance or payments towards carer’s costs in Universal Credit. The new exemptions will be implemented as the changes to the cap level are introduced, in the autumn of 2016.
Please note: There were changes to Housing Benefit in April 2013.
You may get Housing Benefit if you pay rent and your income and capital (savings and investments) are low enough given your household’s circumstances.
You could qualify whether you are in or out of work, whether you rent from the council, a housing association or a private landlord.
You can’t usually get Housing Benefit if:
For more information about Housing Benefit, read the leaflet: What is Housing Benefit?
The amount of benefit you are entitled to is in part worked out by comparing your family’s actual resources with what the government states your family needs to live on.
We will look at:
The rest of the calculation of entitlement is based on your eligible rent. For council and housing association tenants your eligible rent is the actual amount of rent charged, minus any ineligible charges included in your rent (such as for your water or other utilities usage, or food).
If you rent from a private landlord, your eligible rent is restricted to the Local Housing Allowance (LHA) rate applicable to your circumstances. Your rate of Local Housing Allowance is based on the number of bedrooms you need and not how much rent you pay.
You can find out how to claim LHA and the latest rates on the Local Housing Allowance page.
To get a personal estimate of the amount of benefit you could get, click on the Benefits Calculator .
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Home visits can be arranged for those unable to get to the office due to disability or infirmity. We also have staff that can help if English is not your first language.
The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) now investigate Housing Benefit Fraud. You can report housing benefit fraud directly to DWP at www.gov.uk/report-benefit-fraud .
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