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.
Housing benefit can help you pay your rent if you are on a low income. It's being replaced by Universal Credit.
If you are already claiming housing benefit and need additional financial help, we may be able to help you.
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.
The government has made big changes to the benefits system as part of the Welfare Reform Act. A summary of these changes is given below.
To ensure the local housing allowance follows the market, the valuation office agency continually gathers lettings information from all available sources. Landlords can make a big impact by providing examples of properties let.
Benefits and support information, including housing benefit, debt advice and financial help, welfare rights, support for armed forces personnel and veterans and the new universal credit
Local Housing Allowance rates are set and used to work out Housing Benefit. This section provides further information about local housing allowance and how much you could be entitled to.
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.
Here we will give updates on any changes to the law which could affect your housing benefits. We will also provide local information, for your convenience:
Landlord forums are an opportunity to meet other landlords and keep up to date with regulations and legislation.
There are different ways in which you can appeal.
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