BENEFIT CHANGES YOU SHOULD BE AWARE OF BEFORE YOU BID
What does this mean for me?
From April 2017, if you are under 22, with no dependents and you rent a property, you will not be eligible for housing benefit to cover your rent. If you are claiming Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) or Personal Independence Payment (PIP), you may be eligible for some help.
New tenants from 1st April 2016
If you have taken a new tenancy on or after 1st April 2016, the amount of housing benefit or housing costs (If you claim Universal Credit) could be reduced from 1st April 2019.
What is changing?
If you rent a property from the council, the amount of housing benefit or housing costs you receive will be capped to the Local Housing Allowance (LHA) rate for your household size. This will be the same rate that would be paid if you had a property with a private landlord. You can check the local housing allowance for your area by entering your postcode at https://lha-direct.voa.gov.uk/search.aspx
If you are under 35 years old, live alone and you are not entitled to the severe disability premium, help with your rent will be capped to the “shared room rate” even if you do not share your home with anyone else. See the table below
If you are in receipt of housing benefit or UC on or after 1 April 2019, you will need to consider how you will afford any shortfall in your housing benefit.
Your LHA rate is based on your postcode
|Postcode||Shared room rate||1 bed||2 bed||3 bed||4 bed|
|WN6 – WN8||£57.57||£80.55||£96.23||£109.32||£149.59|
L37 - L40PR8 - 9
Will I be affected?
Keeping you informed