A change in the Housing Benefit rules from 23rd June 2017 – Could you benefit?July 25, 2017
A change in the Housing Benefit rules means that some people will now qualify for help towards their rent and others could get more Housing Benefit. Contact us (or your local authority) if all of the following apply to you –
- You are a member of a couple who live together, and
- You are not receiving Income Related ESA, Income Support, Income Based Jobseeker’s Allowance, Universal Credit or Pension Credit, and
- One of you works for 16 or more hours per week, and
- The other is sick or disabled.
About to reach Pension Credit Age……..Make an advance claim!
Anyone who is due to reach Pension Credit age within the next 4 months can make an advance claim for Pension Credit.
This means the claim can be processed and payments can start as soon as possible once the claimant has reached Pension Credit age.
This is an income-related benefit made up of 2 parts – Guarantee Credit and Savings Credit.
Guarantee Credit tops up your weekly income if it’s below £159.35 (for single people) or £243.25 (for couples).
Savings Credit is an extra payment for people who saved some money towards their retirement, for example a pension.
(You may not be eligible for Savings Credit if you reached State Pension age on or after 6 April 2016.)
Details of how to claim can be found in the government website https://www.gov.uk/pension-credit
To check when someone will reach State Pension age (including Pension Credit qualifying age) you can use the government online checker https://www.gov.uk/state-pension-age
It’s easy to find this out, you only need to enter your date of birth and whether you are a man or a woman.