Housing Benefit is a scheme which helps people with a low income pay their rent. There are three types of assistance:
- Rent Rebate
This is provided to help local authority tenants with their rent. If you qualify, your rebate will be credited to your rent account.
- Rent Allowance
This is provided to help anyone who has to pay rent to a private landlord or Housing Association, ground rent for mobile homes or mooring and British Waterways Licence fees if you live on a boat.
- Local Housing Allowance
Your benefit entitlement will be based on the new Local Housing Allowance Rates if you rent from a private landlord and make a new claim for benefit, move to a privately rented address or have a break in you existing claim.
Benefit is only normally paid when you are living in the property, though there are certain exceptions to this. Please see our page on temporary absence for more information.
- More information on Local Housing Allowance
- More information for tenants and private landlords
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Will I qualify?
Use the online Benefit Calculator to work out roughly how much you may get. Please remember that this is only an estimate.
If you are renting from a private landlord you may fall under the Local Housing Allowance Scheme. You will need to know the rate of housing allowance applicable to your household before using this calculator.
Under the new rules, one bedroom is allocated for the following:
• Each couple
• Each adult over 16 years old
• Two children under the age of 16 who are of the same gender
• Two children under the age of 10 who are of either gender
• A disabled tenant or partner who needs non-resident overnight carerwill be allowed an extra room
You will be affected by the rule until the date that the change happens.
For couples currently claiming Housing Benefit, both the claimant and theirpartner need to be under the Pension Credit qualifying age to be treatedas working age and subject to the bedroom tax.
… I have a carer who stays with me overnight
Where you have an overnight carer you will not be affected by the Housing Benefit reduction – you will need to contact Charnwood Borough Council’s benefits department on 0845 609 1258 to confirm if you qualify
.... I have my child stay with me at weekends
... I need space for medical equipment
There is no exemption for this, and you will be affected by the housing benefit reduction.
... I am a foster carer *
... I live in an adapted property which has a spare room *
There is no exemption for this, and you will beaffected by the HB reduction,
* however, in exceptional circumstances you may be able toapply forDiscretionary Housing Payment to make up the difference – you will needto contact Charnwood Borough Council’s benefits department on 0345 6091258 to confirm if you qualify.
... I have a disabled child/partner who needs their own room
Generally there will be no exceptions to the application of the size limit rules,other than the cases stated above. If there is a reason that an extra room is necessary your local authority may be able to help you with the extra rentthrough the Discretionary Housing Payment fund.
From 1 April 2013, Housing Benefit (HB) will be reduced if a claimant, of working age, is considered by the Government to live in a home that has more bedrooms than they and their family need.
Anyone of working age who is claiming Housing Benefit and living in social rented housing.
Last updated: Thu 26th May, 2016 @ 17:08