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Welfare Reform

 

Under Occupancy (Bedroom Tax)

 

The under occupancy charge is a reduction in your Housing Benefit or Housing Element of Universal Credit. If you have one spare bedroom this will be reduced by 14%, if you have 2 or more spare bedrooms this will be reduced by 25%.  You can apply to the Discretionary Housing Payment (DHP) Fund to assist you with these reductions.

 

Please contact your Housing Officer for assistance in completing a DHP application or alternatively you can arrange an appointment with our Welfare Benefits Officer.

 

 

Benefit Cap

There is now a limit on the amount of benefit that people aged 16 to 64 years receive. If someone is getting more than the amounts below in benefit, their Housing Benefit is reduced to bring it within the limit.  This shortfall in Housing Benefit must then paid to the Co-operative.

 

£350 per week for a single person

  • £500 per week for couples (with/without children) and lone parents

 

 

Local Housing Allowance Cap (LHA)

There is now a limit on the amount of benefit that people aged 16 to 64 years receive. If someone is getting more than the amounts below in benefit, their Housing Benefit is reduced to bring it within the limit.  This shortfall in Housing Benefit must then paid to the Co-operative.

 

£350 per week for a single person

  • £500 per week for couples (with/without children) and lone parents

 

 

 

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  • Cost of livingCost of living

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  • Pay your RentPay your Rent

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  • What happens if I fall behind on my rent?What happens if I fall behind on my rent?

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  • Rent LevelsRent Levels

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  • Welfare Benefits ServiceWelfare Benefits Service

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  • Housing BenefitHousing Benefit

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  • Changes in CircumstancesChanges in Circumstances

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  • Universal CreditUniversal Credit

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