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Legislation changes that could affect you!

 

 

1st April 2013 the Government is abolishing Council Tax Benefit, it will be replaced with a local scheme - Council Tax Support

We’re introducing a new Council Tax Support Scheme which will help people pay towards their Council Tax bills, this is a discount scheme not a benefit. For further information, click here.

 

 

 

1st April 2013 the Government is reducing the amount of Housing Benefit some people can claim.

The new rules for working age people renting from a registered housing association, will restrict the size of accommodation you can receive Housing Benefit for, based on the number of people in your household.

 

The changes mean that some people will get less housing benefit than they did before.

 

We know that many of you will be worried about what this could mean for you and your family.

 

This booklet has information to help you find out what’s happening and what you can do to

prepare. Changes in Housing Benefit from April 2013

 

 

 

15th July 2013 the benefit cap will apply to people aged 16 to 64, also known as
'working age'.

The cap means that households where no one is in work should not get more in benefits than

the average wage paid to people in work. This is after tax and National Insurance has been

taken off.

 

A household means you, your partner if you have one and any children you are responsible

for and who live with you.

 

The Government will add up how much money you get from the following benefits:

Bereavement Allowance • Carer's Allowance • Child Benefit • Child Tax Credit

Employment and Support Allowance (except where it is paid with the support component)

Guardian’s Allowance • Housing Benefit • Incapacity Benefit • Income Support

Jobseeker's Allowance • Maternity Allowance • Severe Disablement Allowance

Widowed Parent's Allowance • Widowed Mothers Allowance

Widows Pension • Widows Pension Age-Related

 

If the total comes to more than the maximum amount allowed your housing benefit payments

will be reduced.

 

The maximum amount of benefit you will be able to receive from April 2013 will be:

  • £500 per week for single parents
  • £500 per week for couples with or without children
  • £350 per week for single people without children.

 

This will not apply to you if:

  • you get pension credit or working tax credit
  • a member of your household is claiming disability living allowance, attendance
  • allowance or the support element of employment support allowance.

 

 

 

Contacts

 

Housing Benefit & Council Tax Support Enquiries     Revenues & Benefits                              
Telephone: (01902) 696668 South Staffordshire Council
Fax: (01902) 696630 Wolverhampton Road
Email: benefits@sstaffs.gov.uk Codsall
  South Staffordshire
  WV8 1PX
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