We get asked lots of different questions about how the Government has changed the benefits system and what might happen as a result. Take a look.If you have your own question, contact us today.
The assessment is done under Government rules, which say you are entitled to one bedroom for:
Where you have an overnight carer you will not be affected by the Housing Benefit reduction.
You will be affected by the rule until the date that the change happens.
Yes, the Government will count every room that can be used as a bedroom. Please contact your Housing Officer should you have any further questions regarding your room size.
Only rooms that can be used as a bedroom will be counted. Sometimes an attic room or a very small room won’t be counted. Contact your Housing Officer with questions about this.
No, we must stress that the changes will only affect people of working age.
Depending on your circumstances, you could lose some or all of your Housing Benefit. If you are under occupying by 1 bedroom your Housing Benefit will be reduced by 14% of your rent amount. Some examples:
|Rent per week||Reduction in Housing Benefit for one spare bedroom (14%)|
|Rent per week||Reduction in Housing Benefit for two spare bedrooms (25%)|
It is your responsibility to make up this shortfall and pay your rent in full. Failure to pay your rent may result in you losing your home.
No, you will not necessarily have to move, unless you want to. You have a number of options to help you stay in your home or to move to a smaller home. If you want to move because of these benefit changes you will be put into a high priority band for an available home.
Your options might be:
We have a special Financial Inclusion Team here to help you, call them on (01724) 279900
In certain circumstances we can help with some moving costs if you are moving to a smaller home because of the changes in benefits. There is certain criteria though so each case is individually considered so please give us a call and we can talk things through with you.
There’s no easy answer. You can register with Home Choice Lincs and search for available homes within the school catchment area but in reality there won’t be many come up too often. There might be more privately rented homes which could be an option. Speak to us straight away because we may be able to help with the money or budgeting advice, or check you are getting the right benefits.