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Housing Benefit - changes in the law

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Universal Credit is now expected to be available to all residents who live in the Leicester Job Centre area from 13 June 2018. (Residents living in the Hinckley Jobcentre area have been able to claim Universal Credit since 8 March 2017).

From that date we will not be able to accept any new claims for Housing Benefit unless:

• You or your partner is of State Pension credit age
• Live in Supported Accommodation
• Have 3 or more dependant children
• You are living in temporary accommodation arranged by our  Housing Options Team

You will need to claim Universal Credit for help with rental costs. You will still be able to claim Council Tax Support for assistance towards your Council Tax charge.

Please see our Universal Credit page for further information.

Please note:

If you are already in receipt of Housing Benefit but due to a change in your circumstances you will need to claim Universal Credit you will be entitled to two weeks full Housing Benefit from the start date of your Universal Credit to assist you with the transition to the new benefit. 

March 2017

From 8th March 2017, if you are of working age and you are

  • A resident of Blaby District; and
  • Live in the Hinckley Job Centre area of the district; and
  • Your postcode is LE9 4, LE9 7, or LE10 3

you will no longer be eligible to claim Housing Benefit.  If you need help to pay your rent you will need to make a claim for Universal Credit.

If you want assistance with your Council Tax and you are claiming Universal Credit you will need to claim Council Tax Supportfrom Blaby District Council.

Benefit Cap from November 2016

The Government has introduced a limit on the total of benefits which working ago people can be paid.  The government expects this limit to help match the income of average working families with people receiving out of work benefits.

From November 2016 new limits have been set by the Government at:-

  • £257.69 a week for single adults with no children

  • £384.62 a week for couples (with or without children) and lone parents with dependant children.

Housing benefit will be reduced to achieve the capping level.

For more information, see details about the Benefits Cap

Changes to the size criteria rules for disabled children - December 2013

The Government has now amended the law to allow for an extra bedroom for a severely disabled child who would normally be expected to share a room under the size criteria rules but who is not reasonably able to do so due to severe disability.

To be considered under this legislation the child in question must have been assessed and be entitled to the DLA care component at the highest or middle rates.

If the child meets the above criteria the Local Authority must make an assessment as to whether or not the child’s disability makes it unreasonable for them to share a bedroom. This will be a judgement on the basis of the facts.  

Under Occupation in the social rented sector – from April 2013

Housing Benefit for working age housing association tenants will be reduced if the home they live in is larger than they need that is if they have an extra bedroom they will have their housing benefit reduced by:

  • 14 % reduction for a home with one spare bedroom.
  • 25 % reduction for a home with two spare bedrooms
  • You may need to consider moving or make up the shortfall in rent

Rules for housing rent in the social sector are now the same as the Local Housing Allowance size rules.

Under current rules you are entitled to one bedroom for:

  • every adult couple (married or unmarried)
  • Any other adult aged 16 or over
  • Any two children of the same sex aged under 16
  • Any two children aged under 10
  • One additional room will be allowed for disabled people if they need and actually receive overnight care from someone who does not live with them, where they have a ‘spare’ bedroom for them to use.  


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Blaby District Council   
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Desford Road   
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Last updated: 13 June 2018

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