Get help and advice with your benefit claim

Whether you are currently employed or unemployed you could be one of the millions of people missing out on financial help, benefits, tax credits or grants which are available to you…

Every year around £2.5 billion in benefits and services are left unclaimed. Savings limit for housing benefit We understand the whole process of claiming benefits can be really confusing and we know it can be very hard to get the right information you need. How to get dss housing benefit That is why we are on hand to help guide you through getting the best advice to suit your financial needs.

The first thing to do is find out if there is extra support out there for you. Dwp housing benefit The quickest and easiest way to do this is through an online benefits calculator. Housing benefit calculator n i It’s free to use and anonymous so you don’t have to worry about giving away private information.

In order to assess your circumstances and to see if you are eligible for any benefits or grants you will need to make sure you have the right information on:

If you pay your own council tax, you may be able to get help with your bill through your local council tax support scheme, or may qualify for an exemption or discount.

Counciltaxhelp is a website designed to help you find details of the support available to you locally; national information about your rights and entitlements; and details of independent advice organisations in your area who can help you get the support that you need.

There are a lot of changes to welfare benefits which may affect you and the amount of benefits you receive. Housing benefit online application form The government are now using Universal Credit as a way to pay people in one single monthly payment rather than making several payments for different benefits and tax credits. How to make a claim for housing benefit It also means that you are now responsible for paying your rent rather than the government.

By 2020 the government want everybody who is receiving certain benefits to be using Universal Credit so it’s important you are ready for the changes. Private housing benefit If you are looking to make a benefit claim or you are already on benefits, see our ‘ What is universal credit and how will it affect me?’ page for more help.

If you need help advice or guidance about claiming benefits your local Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) can assist you, find your local CAB branch online. How much housing benefit do i get Caps on Housing Benefit and Universal Credit are coming to social housing

The LHA is a way of working out how much housing related benefits you can claim to help pay your rent (and service charges). Single parent housing benefit If you claim these benefits, you may be affected. Housing benefit eligibility There is a set limit to how much you can receive and it is based on the size of your household, not your rent.

• unlike the Under-occupation penalty (or “bedroom tax”) the rules on LHA apply to pensioners, so any spare bedrooms will be capped at the LHA rate

Whether you claim Housing Benefit or Universal Credit, the cap will apply to all tenancies regardless of tenancy start date. Housing benefit forms The government plans to introduce a ‘top-up’ fund to be administered by local authorities to help meet shortfalls in supported housing costs from April 2019.

You need to understand these changes now so you can see how you could be affected. How much housing benefit can i claim If your benefit is less than your rent and service charges, you are responsible for paying the difference.

If you claim housing related benefit and are affected by both the LHA cap and the Under-occupation penalty, the higher of the two deductions will be used (not both).

To find out how much you may be affected by looking at the LHA rates for your area at The rates are currently frozen so won’t have changed by 2019.