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Changes to Housing Benefit

Backdating

From the 1 April 2016 the Government has reduced the time in which we can backdate your Housing Benefit and Local Council Tax Support to one month.

Family Premium Entitlement

From the 30 April 2016 the Family Premium entitlement is being withdrawn.  Any new applications from this date will not be awarded this premium. If you are currently in receipt of this premium, you will continue to receive it, unless your current award stops, or you cease to be responsible for the care of any child.

National Minimum Wage

The National Minimum Wage is the minimum pay per hour and almost all workers are entitled to it by law.

If you are to receive an increase due to this change, you must tell us immediately.

If you don't tell us about any changes, we may overpay your Benefits, and you will have to pay this back. It may be considered as fraud if you knowingly continue to receive Housing Benefit or Local Council Tax support when your entitlement may have changed.

 As of the 1 April 2016 the following rates apply:-

Aged 25 and above (national living wage rate)   

£7.20

Aged 21 to 24 inclusive

£6.70

Aged 18 to 20 inclusive

£5.30

Aged under 18 (but above compulsory school leaving age)

£3.87

Apprentices aged under 19

    £3.30     

Apprentices aged 19 and over, but in the first years of their apprenticeship

£3.30

Benefit Cap

If you require any information or believe you may be affected by this 'cap' please see our Welfare Benefit Changes page.

The number of bedrooms your benefit will pay for

The Government has introduced new legislation that sets out the number of bedrooms your Housing Benefit will pay for. If you require any further information please click on the links below:

Housing Benefit - what you'll get - GOV.UK

Bedroom Tax - www,shelter.org

Watch our video that explains all of the changes, and will direct you for further help

Visit our Money Matters page for further advice and information