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Housing Benefit changes from April 2016

 

From 1 April 2016, the maximum period for which a Housing Benefit claim may be backdated for working age customers will reduce.

Backdating claims of Housing Benefit will reduce from the maximum period of 6 months to 1 month.

 

The good cause provisions have not changed, and working age customers still need to demonstrate good cause for the duration of the requested period. These new arrangements mean Housing Benefit cannot be backdated for more than one month if an application is made after 1 April 2016.

 

Backdating period for persons over State Pension age will remain at a maximum of 3 months as per current regulations.

 

 

From 1 April 2016, Housing Benefit paid under the temporary absence rule will change.

Housing Benefit can currently be considered for a period of absence from the home.

From 1 April 2016, the period in which we can consider reduces from 13 weeks to 4 weeks.

 

If you are temporarily away from your home for more that 4 weeks, you MUST contact the Benefits section immediately.

 

 

From 1 May 2016, entitlement to family premiums will change.

The family premium will no longer be included within your applicable amount for new claims for Housing Benefit from 1 May 2016 and for existing customers who have a child or become responsible for a child or young person after the 30 April 2016.

 

For existing customers who are no longer responsible for a child or young person, the family premium can no longer be awarded. If responsibility for a child or young is regained after the 30 April 2016, the premium will not be included when calculating your Housing Benefit entitlement.


For existing customers who receive Housing Benefit, the family premium will no longer be included within your calculation if there is a break in your entitlement for more than one week.

 

 

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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