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This section provides information about local housing allowance and how much you could be entitled to.

If your job finishes due to redundancy or a voluntary severance scheme, you may need to claim social security benefits.

If there is a reason that has prevented you from applying sooner, you can ask for this to be backdated.

Discretionary housing payments are additional payments for those currently receiving housing benefit or universal credit that includes a housing element towards rental liability and require further financial assistance with their housing costs.

An overpayment occurs when a benefit payment is made to someone who is not entitled to it. This normally happens when we are not informed of changes in circumstances quickly, when there have been mistakes or delays in processing claims, or when a fraudulent claim has been made.

It is crucial you inform of us of any changes in circumstances – yours or a member of your household’s.

If you are already claiming housing benefit and need additional financial help, we may be able to help you.

It is crucial you inform of us of any changes in circumstances – yours or a member of your household’s.

People who deliberately claim benefits they are not entitled to are committing a criminal offence. If a landlord, who is paid housing benefit directly, fails to notify the council their tenant has left the property, they may be committing benefit fraud.