Existing customers - important changes to Housing Benefit for social sector tenants
If you claim Housing Benefit to help pay your rent you may be affected by changes from April 2013. The changes mean that some people will get less Housing Benefit than they did before.
From April 2013, if you live in a Council or housing association home and you have one or more 'spare' bedrooms your Housing Benefit may be reduced.
This could affect you:
You won't be affected if:
What is a 'spare' bedroom?
Under the new rules if you have more bedrooms than the Government says you need, you will lose part of your Housing Benefit. The new rules mean you will be allocated one bedroom for:
It does not matter how the 'spare' bedroom is used, the new rules will apply even if:
What happens if you have a 'spare' bedroom?
If you have one 'spare' bedroom your Housing Benefit will be cut by 14% of the rent you pay every week. If you have two or more spare bedrooms, you will lose 25%.
If your benefit is cut you will have to pay the difference between your Housing Benefit and your rent.
For further information please call us on 01392 265252 or download our leaflets.
Housing Benefit changes for social sector tenants [1Mb]