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In March 2012, the Government introduced a series of reforms to the benefits system that will affect nearly everyone who claims state benefits.
The main changes are outlined below. Many of you are bound to have questions or concerns about what is going to happen to YOUR benefits, so please contact us for help: 01484 414886
This cuts the amount of benefit that working age tenants can get if they have a spare bedroom in their council or housing association home.
It allows for one bedroom for each person or couple, with the following exceptions:
The Government is introducing this reduction from April 2013. f you are affected, your Housing Benefit will be reduced by:
If you are of working age, receiving Housing Benefit and have one or more spare bedrooms, your Housing Benefit will be reduced and you will have to make up the difference yourself or risk losing your home.
This brings together a range of working age benefits into a single streamlined payment that will be paid direct to tenants’ bank accounts. The benefits being replaced by Universal Credit are:
People claiming these benefits will automatically be moved on to Universal Credit on a phased basis from 2013
From October 2013 working age tenants will have the housing element of the new Universal Credit paid to their bank account.
Some people will continue to have housing costs paid to their landlord but most will have to start paying rent themselves, out of their overall benefit entitlement.
This will cap the total benefits a person or couple is entitled to. The cap will be set at the average net earnings for a working household.
Current projections of the cap are £500 per week for couples and lone parents and £350 per week for single people without children, including housing costs.
You can get more information about applying for benefits or changes to the benefits system from your housing team, any Kirklees Information Point, or the benefits section of the council's website.