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
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
From 1 May 2016, entitlement to family premiums will
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
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.
|Housing Benefit & Council Tax Support
|Telephone: (01902) 696668
||South Staffordshire Council
|Fax: (01902) 696630