Changes to Housing Benefit

In April 2013 the government brought in the Welfare Reform Act. This will mean that the total amount of benefit that a single person or couple is entitled to will be capped. This will affect benefits including housing benefit and council tax benefit. If you claim these, then you may be affected.

These changes may mean that your housing benefit is reduced. Any household in the social rented sector that receives housing benefit and is deemed to have more rooms than is necessary will lose part of its housing benefit entitlement. Housing benefit will be restricted to one bedroom per person/couple, with the following exceptions:

· Children under 16 of the same gender will be expected to share rooms

· Children under 10 of either gender will be expected to share

· An extra room will be allowed for non-resident overnight carers of disabled tenants or partners.

This will impact how people are able to pay their rent and may mean you will need to move into a smaller home or consider other options to make up the shortfall.

For more information

Calculate the amount of housing benefit you will be entitled to after April 2013 with the Turn2Us calculator

Click here for our leaflet with further information

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