Revenues & Benefits Service

Size: px
Start display at page:

Download "Revenues & Benefits Service"

Transcription

1 Revenues & Benefits Service CHILTERN District Council Housing Benefit and Council Tax Support EXPLANATORY NOTES 2016/2017 These notes apply to Housing Benefit / Council Tax Support Scheme claims for people of Pension Age.

2 Don t be stung by an overpayment If you claim Housing Benefit and/or Council Tax Support and you have a change of circumstances, you need to let us know straight away, otherwise you might not receive all the benefit you are entitled to, or you might receive too much benefit which you will have to pay back. Should I tell the Revenues & Benefits Service that Someone else has moved in or out of my house I have changed my job My pay has changed I have changed my hours of work My pension or other benefits have changed I have had a change to my income My Child care costs have changed The amount of money I have in the bank has changed My address has changed Anything else that has changed since I last contacted the Council s Revenues & Benefits Service YES! BEE sure that you are receiving the right amount of benefit, letting us know about your changes is easy. Contact: Chiltern District Council s benefit section on Letter: PO Box 406, Amersham, Bucks HP6 5AW Visit our website: Fax: CHILTERN District Council 2

3 The amount of your benefit entitlement depends upon five factors: Household details Your weekly income Your capital CHILTERN DISTRICT COUNCIL HOUSING BENEFIT & COUNCIL TAX SUPPORT EXPLANATORY NOTES 2016/2017 Your Rent and/or your Council Tax Whether a non-dependant lives with you (e.g. adult son or daughter, parent, friend etc.) Your Household = Your Applicable Amount YOUR APPLICABLE AMOUNT Benefit is calculated by reference to an APPLICABLE AMOUNT. This is the figure set by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) each year, which is intended to reflect BASIC WEEKLY LIVING EXPENSES. In practice, you may feel the Applicable Amount is inadequate. Nevertheless, it is the figure we must use. It is based on a PERSONAL ALLOWANCE for the claimant and partner (if any) which is increased if there are any DEPENDANT CHILDREN and increased again by PREMIUMS in certain specific situations. Personal Allowance (A) Dependant Children Allowance (B) Premium/s (C/D) APPLICABLE AMOUNT A Single Claimant (including Lone Parents) Personal Allowance (one only) Aged Aged 65 or over Couple One or both members aged between One or both members aged 65 or over If the claimant is a member of a polygamous marriage and none of the members of the marriage have attained the age of 65 If the claimant is a member of a polygamous marriage and one or more of the members of the marriage are aged 65 or over For the claimant and the other party to the marriage For each additional spouse who is a member of the same household as the claimant For the claimant and the other party to the marriage For each additional spouse who is a member of the same household as the claimant

4 B Dependant Children s Allowance (one for each child) From birth to the first Monday in the September following their 16th birthday From the first Monday in the September following their 16th birthday, to the day before their 20th birthday A dependant child/young person is someone who normally resides with you and you/your partner are responsible for them. They will usually be treated as living with the person to whom Child Benefit is paid and is: 1) Under 16 or until 31st August following the date they attain that age; or 2) Between 16 & under 20 undertaking full-time, nonadvanced education started before reaching 19; or 3) Between 16 & under 20 undertaking approved training that is not provided through a contract of employment started before reaching 19 Any person on IS or JSA(IB) or ESA(IR) is not treated as a young person from the start of IS / JSA(IB) / ESA(IR). C Premiums (any of these may apply) Family Premium Disabled Child Premium Awarded if you have one or more dependant child / young person in your family. The family premium will not be included for new entitlements beginning on or after 1 May 2016 or for any existing claimants who have a child or become responsible for a child (under 16) or young person (under 20) for the first time after 30 April Awarded if your child receives Disability Living Allowance or is registered blind. Severe Disability Premium Single Couple-single rate Couple-double rate Awarded if you and your partner (if any) get Attendance Allowance or the middle or high care component of the Disability Living Allowance. However, the premium will not apply if: You have a non-dependant living with you or someone is being paid Carers Allowance to look after you. Carer Premium If you or your partner is in receipt of Carers Allowance. D Premiums (highest only) Enhanced Disability Premium Child Awarded if you or a member of your family is in receipt of the highest rate of the care component of Disability Living Allowance and that person is under 60 years of age. To calculate your Applicable Amount we: 1. Select your Person Allowance from Table A 2. Add Allowances for each dependant child from Table B 3. Add any Premium from Table C or D 4. And add the highest only from Table D. This total equals your Applicable Amount An example of the calculation of the APPLICABLE AMOUNT is overleaf 4

5 A couple, one aged 60, and one aged 67, with a child aged 17. Their child is in advanced education and is treated as a child for Child Benefit purposes. Personal Allowances - See TABLE A Couple (aged 60 64) Dependant Childs Allowance - See TABLE B Child aged between 16 and Premiums - See TABLE C Family Premium (may not apply after 1st May) Disabled Child Premium APPLICABLE AMOUNT Having determined your APPLICABLE AMOUNT, the next step is to calculate your NET INCOME. As well as earnings, pensions and allowances, this may include an amount in respect of CAPITAL. In all cases, we must look at the Income and Capital available to you AND YOUR PARTNER, if any. We use PARTNER to mean a person you are married to or in a civil partnership with or a person you live with as if you are married to them or as if you are civil partners. YOUR CAPITAL If you are of pensionable age or over and have less than 10,000 in savings and investments then this is ignored completely for Housing Benefit and Council Tax Support purposes. We disregard the value of any Second World War payments, paid as compensation to a former slave labourer or who lost a child or property, or the first 10,000 of any capital of former prisoners of war held in the Far East. If you have more than 16,000 you are NOT entitled to either Housing Benefit or Council Tax Support. However, there is no limit on the amount of savings and investments you can have to qualify for the Guarantee Pension Credit, which means that you may still qualify for Housing Benefit and Council Tax Support. If you are entitled to the Guaranteed Credit, you will be entitled to full Housing Benefit / Council Tax Support, even if you have savings in excess of 16,000. More information on Pension Credits will follow later in this booklet. Capital between 10,000 and 16,000 is deemed to attract a TARIFF INCOME of 1.00 per week for every 500 or part thereof. FOR EXAMPLE - Capital of 12,100, would be deemed to yield an income of 5.00 per week. ( 12, minus 10, = 2, divided by = 4.20) 5

6 YOUR INCOME Most income is taken into account in full. However, certain types of income such as Attendance Allowance, Child Benefit, Child Maintenance, Disability Living Allowance and Winter Fuel payments, are completely disregarded. (NB - in addition to statutory regulations governing the treatment of income, Chiltern District Council has decided that for benefit purposes, the full amount of any War Disablement Pension or War Widow s pension will also be ignored). As far as EARNINGS are concerned, it is the NET WEEKLY EARNINGS which are taken into account, less the amounts listed in the following table (where applicable). NET WEEKLY EARNINGS is GROSS EARNINGS less TAX AND NATIONAL INSURANCE and 50% of any contribution to a pension scheme. If working - disregard part of the earnings as follows: Single Person 5.00 Couple Lone Parent Permitted Earnings - these are permitted earnings while claiming Employment Support Allowance (C) / Severe Disablement Allowance / Incapacity Benefit For claimants who pay a Registered Childminder for childcare The additional earnings disregard applies where you or your partner are aged 25 or over and work on average 30 hours or more per week. It can also be applied where you, or your partner, works on average 16 hours or more per week, and is entitled to Working Tax Credit (or would be if you claimed) and is either: a lone parent a couple with children disabled aged 50 or over In the last two categories, if the you have a partner, the member of the couple who is disabled or aged 50 or over must be working 16 hours or more. Single claimants or a couple without children can also get the additional disregard if they work 16 hours or more, are aged 50 or over and are entitled to the 50 plus element of Working Tax Credit. Disregard amounts for one child for two or more children YOUR ELIGIBLE RENT Most new claims made after 7th April 2008, by tenants within the private rented sector will be considered under the rules for Local Housing Allowance. See our leaflet about Local Housing Allowance. Housing Benefit may not meet all of the rent due. For most claims made before 6th April 2008, if your gross rent includes amounts for ineligible items such as water rates, board, heating, lighting, cooking etc., these amounts are deducted from the gross rent. The Valuation Office Agency is a Government Agency that specialises in rental valuations 6

7 FUEL & MEAL CHARGES Generally speaking fuel and meal charges are not eligible for Housing Benefit. Fuel includes gas, electricity etc. and any supply costs. Where a charge for fuel is included in the rent figure but the amount is not readily identifiable (or realistic) a statutory deduction must be made as follows: Where you or your family occupy one room For heating alone or heating with hot water or lighting or both Where you or your family occupy more than one room For heating For Cooking 3.35 For hot water 3.35 For lighting 2.30 For cooking 3.35 For all fuel MEALS Three or more meals a day Single Claimant Each person in the family aged 16 or over Each child under Less than three meals a day Single Claimant Each person in the family aged 16 or over Each child under 16 Breakfast only claimant and each member of the family YOUR ELIGIBLE COUNCIL TAX This is the amount you pay in Council Tax, calculated to a weekly figure. The MAXIMUM reduction you can receive is 100% of your Council Tax liability. MAXIMUM AND MINIMUM HOUSING BENEFIT The MAXIMUM benefit you can receive is 100% of the ELIGIBLE RENT. The MINIMUM benefit you can receive is 50 pence per week. 7

8 NON-DEPENDANT DEDUCTIONS A non-dependant is a person who lives with you as part of the family on a noncommercial basis. Examples of a non-dependant are adult children, parents, or other relatives or friends. A deduction will usually be made from your benefit entitlement in respect of any non-dependant. If you are 65 or over, any increased deduction is not applied for 26 weeks - e.g. if a non-dependant moves into your property, the deduction will not apply for this period. It is therefore important that you inform the Benefits Section should a non-dependant move in or have a change to their income. If this affects you, you should find enclosed a separate leaflet, giving full details of the charges deducted. If by chance this leaflet has been omitted, please telephone the Benefits Section and request a copy. SECOND ADULT REBATE It may be that you do not qualify for main Council Tax Support, because your income or capital is too high. However, this would not prevent you from claiming Second Adult Rebate, which ignores your financial situation and looks instead at the income available to any non-dependants who live with you. The reduction would be as follows: Circumstances of second adult Second adult in receipt of Income Support / Jobseekers Allowance (Income Based) / Employment Support Allowance (Income Related) / Pension Credit (guarantee or savings) living with Full-Time Students Second adult in receipt of Income Support / Job Seekers Allowance (Income Based) / Employment Support Allowance (Income Related) / Pension Credit (guarantee or savings) There are a number of conditions, as follows: 1. You must be treated as the only person liable to pay Council Tax If you have a spouse or partner, or if there is anyone else at the property who has the same status as you (e.g. a joint owner, joint tenant etc.) then you will not qualify. 2. The second or other adults must be non-dependants A non-dependant is someone who lives with you on a non-commercial basis, such as a grown up son or daughter, parent, other relative or friend. 3. The non-dependants must have a gross weekly income (or combined income) not exceeding Anyone on Income Support or Job Seekers Allowance (Income Based) or Employment Support Allowance (Income Related) or Pension Guarantee Credits counts as having zero income. For more detailed information on Second Adult Rebate, please visit the website or contact the Revenues & Benefits Service. Discount awarded 100% 25% Gross income of second adult is or less per week 15% Gross income of the second adult is between per week 7.5% 8

9 HOW BENEFIT IS CALCULATED The level of Benefit is assessed by comparing your NET INCOME with your APPLICABLE AMOUNT. 1. If your income is equal to or less than your APPLICABLE AMOUNT, or if you are entitled to the Pension Guarantee Credit, your Housing Benefit / Council Tax Support will be 100% of the eligible sum - subject to any non-dependant deductions. 2. If your Income exceeds your APPLICABLE AMOUNT, Council Tax Support will be 100% of your eligible Council Tax less 20% of the difference between the two figures. There will be a deduction for any non-dependants living in the property. For Housing Benefit the award will be 100% of your eligible rent less 65% of the difference between the two figures. Again, there will be a deduction for any non-dependants. EXAMPLE A single claimant, aged 68, has a State Retirement Pension of per week. He also has an Occupational Pension of per week. He is entitled to a weekly Pension Credit (Savings Credit) of per week. His daughter lives with him. She has a gross income of per week, and has been living there for over 26 weeks. The Council Tax is per week, and the eligible rent per week. The claimant has Capital of 11,100. Weekly Income (Claimant and Partner) Council Tax Support Housing Benefit Pensions Savings Credit Plus Tariff income from 11, capital TOTAL INCOME Applicable Amount (total) Section A Section B Section C 0.00 = Income Exceeds Applicable Amount by Excess income x 20% = Maximum eligible Council Tax = Less Non-Dependant Deduction of 3.77 per week = Council Tax Support award of Taper Max Council Tax per week Excess income x 65% = Maximum eligible rent = Less Non-Dependant Deduction of per week = Housing Benefit award of Taper Max rent per week 9

10 INFORMATION ON OVERPAYMENTS An overpayment is an amount of benefit which has been paid, but to which there is no entitlement. This may be a rent allowance which is paid in advance, or an adjustment to Council Tax Support. If this overpayment is to be collected from ongoing benefit, there is a maximum permitted rate of recovery. These figures are as follows: Weekly Rate of Deduction (Housing Benefit) (where no fraud is established) (where fraud is established) Plus 50% of any income disregard or regular charitable income or voluntary payments. Council Tax Support is recovered by issuing a revised Council Tax bill. The number of instalments might be less than 10 if the bill is issued part way through the year. FRAUDULENT CLAIMS A small minority of claimants seek to defraud the benefit system and in so doing disadvantage those in genuine need. At Chiltern, we are committed to preventing and detecting abuse of the system and we would welcome any help you could give us. Please telephone the FRAUD LINE on to leave a message on our dedicated 24 hour fraud line - any information you give us will be treated as strictly confidential. If you know someone who is acting fraudulently, please let us know. We promise a full investigation and prompt action. If you would rather speak to the Fraud Officer in person, telephone National Benefit Fraud Hotline Telephone: National Benefit Fraud Hotline on The call is free and confidential you do not have to give your name or address. Lines are open Monday to Friday 8.00am to 6.00pm. Textphone: Online at: By Post: NBFH, PO Box 224, Preston PR1 1GP You do not have to give your name but if you do, we will not disclose the information to anyone else. 10

11 CHANGES TO HOUSING BENEFIT: Temporary absence rules are changing: In Housing Benefit and Pension Age Council Tax Support the period you can be away from home before your Housing Benefit or Council Tax Support entitlement given to pensioners, is terminated is changing: Absence from Home Any Reason In Great Britain = 13 weeks Outside Great Britain = 4 weeks (+ 4 weeks see below) The 4 weeks may be extended for a further 4 weeks if we consider it unreasonable to expect you to return within 4 weeks because your absence is in connection with the death of a partner, child or young person for whom you or your partner are responsible, you or your partner s close relative, or a close relative of a child or young person for whom you or your partner are responsible. If you are absent from Great Britain as a member of the armed forces away on operations, a mariner or an oil or gas worker on the continental shelf the time limit is 26 weeks. During your absence the 3 qualifying conditions must be fulfilled: 1)You intend to return to the property; and 2)The dwelling has not been let/sublet; and 3)The period of absence is unlikely to exceed the time limit All 3 conditions must be satisfied. There is no discretion, so if it is clear at the outset that absence is likely to exceed the time limit then benefit is not payable. Trialling Residential Accommodation Residential accommodation is in Great Britain. = 13 Weeks Resident in a hospital or similar institution as a patient If in Great Britain = 52 weeks Outside Great Britain = 26 weeks Claimant, partner or dependant child undergoing medical treatment or medically approved convalescence, in accommodation other than residential accommodation In Great Britain = 52 weeks Outside Great Britain = 26 weeks A person receiving medically approved care provided in accommodation other than residential accommodation In Great Britain = 52 weeks Outside Great Britain = 26 weeks Undertaking medically approved care of a person In Great Britain = 52 weeks Outside Great Britain = 4 weeks Undertaking the care of a child whose parent or guardian is temporarily absent from the dwelling normally occupied by that parent or guardian for the purpose of receiving medically approved care or medical treatment In Great Britain = 52 weeks Outside Great Britain = 4 weeks 11

12 CHANGES TO HOUSING BENEFIT: A person who is receiving care provided in residential accommodation (other than trial periods) In Great Britain = 52 weeks Outside Great Britain = 4 weeks Following a training course provided wholly or partly by or on behalf of a government department or the Secretary of State In Great Britain = 52 weeks Outside Great Britain = 4 weeks A Student, single or lone parent student liable to make payments in respect of either (but not both) their term time or the dwelling they occupy when not attending their course will be treated as occupying as their home the dwelling in respect of which they are liable to make payments or Payment on two homes for a couple where one partner is a student and it is unavoidable that the partners should occupy two separate dwellings) In Great Britain = 52 weeks Outside Great Britain = 4 weeks A person who has left the dwelling they occupy as their home through fear of violence, in the dwelling, or by a person who was formerly a member of the family of the person, and to whom payment on two homes does not apply In Great Britain = 52 weeks Outside Great Britain = 4 weeks A change has been made to help disabled people who have a carer who stays overnight but who doesn t normally live with them. The change means that Housing Benefit and Local Housing Allowance will take into account the cost of an additional bedroom, providing you rent a property which has an extra bedroom for your carer. If you think you are due an increase in Housing Benefit because you have a carer who stays overnight, contact the Revenue & Benefits Service. This change does not include extra rooms for other circumstances such as disabled children, couples who cannot share a room, or where extra space is needed for medical equipment. If your rent is now more than the Local Housing Allowance you should talk to your landlord and see if s/he will reduce it. If that is not possible, you could start looking for somewhere cheaper to live. You can talk about your situation with our Housing Advice Team or the Citizens Advice Bureau. 12

13 CLAIMANT RIGHTS We must do our best to make a decision on your claim within 14 days of receiving all the necessary information. If you want to know more, you can ask for a detailed explanation of how your benefit entitlement has been calculated, at any time. If you are not happy with the decision made about your Housing Benefit / Council Tax Support, you must write to us within one month of the date of the award letter and: Ask for an explanation Ask us to review the decision within one month in writing Ask for a written statement of reasons for the decision Appeal to the Tribunals Service or Valuation Tribunals Service for England (if you wish to make a formal appeal, you must first ask us to review your decision within one month of the date of the award letter, explaining the grounds of your appeal). Please visit the website or contact the Revenues & Benefits Service if you want more information about your rights to appeal. If you disagree with your Assessed Income Figure, you need to contact the Pension Service. INFORMATION ON PENSION CREDITS Pension Credit is a tax-free payment for people who have attained the qualifying age for State Pension. It can top up any money you or your partner, if you have one, already receive each week to a level that the Government says you need to live on. This amount is called the Guarantee Credit. If you or your partner are aged 65 or over, you may also be entitled to a reward for making provision for your retirement. This is a new element introduced by Pension Credit and is called the Savings Credit. It can be paid with a Guarantee Credit or on it s own. Certain income such as occupational pensions, or savings, are used to calculate how much Savings Credit you will get. If you are entitled to at least the Guarantee Credit component of Pension Credit you will qualify for full Housing Benefit / Council Tax Support. If you are entitled to the Savings Credit only component of Pension Credit, any entitlement you may have to Housing Benefit / Council Tax Support will be considered by Chiltern District Council having regard to all the information you have provided on the claim. The income and capital used by the Council will be the same as that used by the Pension Service, when calculating your Savings Credit. The Guarantee Credit provides full entitlement to Housing Benefit / Council Tax Support, subject to non-dependant deductions. Full entitlement, minus the non-dependant deductions, applies even when the Guaranteed Credit is paid together with the Savings Credit. If you require more information on Pension Credits, you can contact the Pension Service in the following ways: BY TELEPHONE TEXTPHONE VIA THE INTERNET - BY POST - The Pension Service PO Box 1032, Cardiff, CF91 1XN 13

14 The Citizens Advice Bureau in Amersham and Chesham are available to assist with general benefit enquiries. They can also advise you should you not be satisfied with the result of your claim. Chesham Citizens Advice Bureau Amersham Citizens Advice Bureau Townsend House, Townsend Road, Barn Hall Annexe, Chiltern Avenue, Chesham Amersham Bucks HP5 2AA Bucks HP6 5AH Telephone: Telephone: Other useful contact details: HELP AND ADVICE WELFARE ADVISER Alternatively, the Council has a designated Welfare Officer who is available to give you independent advice on any benefit matter, or practical help and assistance with the completion of forms or any other issue which may be of concern. You can contact the Welfare Officer on (01494) Paradigm Housing Association - Registered Social Landlord providing affordable housing in the south-east of England. Rent Service - An executive agency of the Valuation Office Agency who are responsible for determining Local Housing Allowance and other rent decisions UK Government - The best place to find government services and information Jobcentre Plus - Part of the Department for Work and Pensions, offering people help and advice on finding work and claiming benefits. ADDITIONAL DISCRETIONARY PAYMENTS In certain circumstances, the Council may make an additional payment above your Housing Benefit / Council Tax Support entitlement. If you feel you are suffering substantial hardship you should write to us to explain your situation and your reasons for requesting an additional payment. There is no legal right to receive such a payment. Therefore, each case must be considered on its merits and any payment is made solely at the discretion of the Council. Please contact the Revenues & Benefits Service if you require more information on this scheme. DO YOU HAVE A COMPLIMENT OR COMPLAINT ABOUT ANY COUNCIL SERVICE? If you feel we have provided you with a good service, we would like to hear about it. Similarly, if you are not happy with the response you get from a member of staff, you can complain to the Head of the Service for that Department that you have a complaint about. He or she will investigate your complaint and inform you of their findings. If you require more information, please visit the website or contact the Revenue & Benefits Service, who will send you a leaflet, which explains this in more detail. 14

15 IMPORTANT NOTICE CHANGE IN CIRCUMSTANCES You must let us know immediately if your circumstances change. This means ANY change to the information you have entered on the claim form. The following are EXAMPLES of changes : this list is by no means exhaustive. Any change in income including changes to earnings, child related benefits, pensions etc. If Child Tax Credit or Working Tax Credit is awarded, or increases or decreases If you have an addition to your family or your child leaves school If the amount you pay in Child Care changes If someone moves into or out of your home If you change address If you or your partner goes into hospital for more than 4 weeks and you receive the severe disability or carers premium. In all other cases if the stay is longer than 52 weeks If you or your partner become, or cease to be, a student We use partner to mean a person you are married to or civil partner or a person you live with as if you are married or civil partners. To report a change, you can: Complete a form from the website Report a change by calling Send an to Use the form on the opposite page 15

16 CHANGE IN CIRCUMSTANCES FORM Your Name Your Address I wish to inform you of the following change in my circumstances Your Signature Date We will acknowledge receipt of this notice and issue you with a letter confirming your revised entitlement. Please return to the address on the back of this leaflet. 16

17 CONTACTING THE REVENUES & BENEFITS SERVICE If you need to contact the Revenues & Benefits Service in connection with your Housing Benefit / Council Tax Support, you can do so by: BY BY LETTER OR VISIT Revenues & Benefits Service Chiltern District Council, King George V House, King George V Road, Amersham, HP6 5AW BY TELEPHONE BY FAX VISIT OUR WEBSITE: CHILTERN District Council Council office hours: 9.00 am 5:00 pm Monday - Thursday 9.00 am 4:30pm Friday February

Summary of the Redbridge Council Tax Reduction Scheme for 2016/17

Summary of the Redbridge Council Tax Reduction Scheme for 2016/17 Summary of the Redbridge Council Tax Reduction Scheme for 2016/17 Eligibility People entitled to Council Tax Reduction under this scheme for any week will be those: Of working age as defined by the Department

More information

Reading Borough Council

Reading Borough Council Reading Borough Council Council Tax Reduction Scheme for Working Age & Pension Age Claimants Summarised Version 2016-2017 1 Index Contents Pages Index 2-3 Introduction 4-6 Council Tax Reduction Scheme

More information

Housing and Council Tax Benefit

Housing and Council Tax Benefit Factsheet 17 April 2011 Housing and Council Tax Benefit About this factsheet Housing Benefit (HB) helps with rent and Council Tax Benefit (CTB) helps with Council Tax. Both benefits are based on income

More information

Sheffield Benefits Service

Sheffield Benefits Service Sheffield Benefits Service April 2013 Housing Benefit & Council Tax Support for people of working age Housing Benefit and Council Tax Support Housing Benefit is a national welfare benefit, administered

More information

Housing Benefit & Council Tax Reduction 2015-2016 Benefits Ref:

Housing Benefit & Council Tax Reduction 2015-2016 Benefits Ref: Housing Benefit & Council Tax Reduction 2015-2016 Benefits Ref: Housing Benefit and Council Tax Reductions are normally granted from the Monday following the day you apply so do not delay in making an

More information

East Riding of Yorkshire Council Council Tax Support Scheme A summary of the scheme for Pension Age and Working Age persons 2016/2017

East Riding of Yorkshire Council Council Tax Support Scheme A summary of the scheme for Pension Age and Working Age persons 2016/2017 East Riding of Yorkshire Council Council Tax Support Scheme A summary of the scheme for Pension Age and Working Age persons 2016/2017 1 Introduction... 3 The council tax support scheme for Pensioners (persons

More information

Benefit Uprating (Weekly rates unless otherwise shown) Rates - 2006 Rates - 2007 Attendance Allowance higher rate 62.25 64.50 lower rate 41.65 43.

Benefit Uprating (Weekly rates unless otherwise shown) Rates - 2006 Rates - 2007 Attendance Allowance higher rate 62.25 64.50 lower rate 41.65 43. Benefit Uprating (Weekly rates unless otherwise shown) Rates - 2006 Rates - 2007 Attendance Allowance higher rate 62.25 64.50 lower rate 41.65 43.15 Carer's Allowance 46.95 48.65 Council Tax Benefit Personal

More information

HOUSING BENEFIT AND COUNCIL TAX SUPPORT 2015-16. www.havering.gov.uk

HOUSING BENEFIT AND COUNCIL TAX SUPPORT 2015-16. www.havering.gov.uk HOUSING BENEFIT AND COUNCIL TAX SUPPORT 2015-16 www.havering.gov.uk What are Council Tax Support and Housing Benefit? Council Tax Support helps people pay their Council Tax. The Government decided to replace

More information

Proposed benefit and pension rates 2014 to 2015

Proposed benefit and pension rates 2014 to 2015 RATES RATES (Weekly rates unless otherwise shown) 2013 2014 ATTENDANCE ALLOWANCE higher rate 79.15 81.30 lower rate 53.00 54.45 BEREAVEMENT BENEFIT Bereavement payment (lump sum) 2000.00 2000.00 Widowed

More information

Housing & Council Tax Benefit A Landlord s Guide

Housing & Council Tax Benefit A Landlord s Guide Housing & Council Tax Benefit North Yorkshire Training Group Benefits Leaflet also available in large print Contents: Part 1 - About this booklet Part 2 - What is Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit

More information

BENEFIT RATES From April 2007

BENEFIT RATES From April 2007 BENEFIT RATES From April 2007 INCOME SUPPORT AND INCOME-BASED JOBSEEKER S ALLOWANCE Capital limits: aged under 60 years - 16,000, disregarded capital - 6,000; for people permanently in residential/nursing

More information

Schedule of proposed benefit rates from April 2013

Schedule of proposed benefit rates from April 2013 Schedule of proposed benefit rates from April 2013 RATES RATES (Weekly rates unless otherwise shown) 2012 2013 ATTENDANCE ALLOWANCE higher rate 77.45 79.15 lower rate 51.85 53.00 BEREAVEMENT BENEFIT Bereavement

More information

Universal Credit. In this factsheet you can find out what benefits are being replaced by UC, who can get it and how much you could get.

Universal Credit. In this factsheet you can find out what benefits are being replaced by UC, who can get it and how much you could get. Universal Credit Universal Credit (UC) is a new benefit for people of working age. You can get it if you have a low income or do not work. Some people started getting it in April 2013. In this factsheet

More information

2015/2016. How We Have Calculated Your Housing Benefit and/or Council Tax Reduction for. Where Customer and/or their Partner are Working Age

2015/2016. How We Have Calculated Your Housing Benefit and/or Council Tax Reduction for. Where Customer and/or their Partner are Working Age How We Have Calculated Your Housing Benefit and/or Council Tax Reduction for ANE FOR A' 2015/2016 Where Customer and/or their Partner are Working Age INTRODUCTION This leaflet explains how we calculate

More information

MCL 3. Help with Council Tax. A guide to the Local Council Tax Reduction Scheme

MCL 3. Help with Council Tax. A guide to the Local Council Tax Reduction Scheme MCL 3 Help with Council Tax A guide to the Local Council Tax Reduction Scheme Leaflets and where to get them All leaflets are available free of charge. You can get them from the One Stop Shops, Citizen

More information

Title: The Department for Work and Pensions - Social Security Benefit Up-rating

Title: The Department for Work and Pensions - Social Security Benefit Up-rating Title: The Department for Work and Pensions - Social Security Benefit Up-rating The Minister for Pensions (Steve Webb): I am pleased to announce the proposed rates of benefit for 2011, which are set out

More information

Housing Benefit & Council Tax Reduction for Pensioners Revenues & Benefits Service Information Booklet

Housing Benefit & Council Tax Reduction for Pensioners Revenues & Benefits Service Information Booklet Benefits Housing Benefit & Council Tax Reduction for Pensioners Revenues & Benefits Service Information Booklet Contents Page How do I access the service? 3 What is Council Tax Reduction and who can claim

More information

Proposed benefit and pension rates 2015 to 2016

Proposed benefit and pension rates 2015 to 2016 Proposed benefit and pension rates 2015 to 2016 RATES RATES (Weekly rates unless otherwise shown) 2014 2015 ATTENDANCE ALLOWANCE higher rate 81.30 82.30 lower rate 54.45 55.10 BEREAVEMENT BENEFIT Bereavement

More information

FOSTER CARERS SOCIAL SECURITY BENEFITS & TAX CREDITS

FOSTER CARERS SOCIAL SECURITY BENEFITS & TAX CREDITS Pb30 FOSTER CARERS SOCIAL SECURITY BENEFITS & TAX CREDITS CONTENTS Page Introduction 2 Foster Payments 2 Key Benefit Issues 3 Are you treated as working 3 National Insurance Contributions 4 Section A Contributory

More information

A Landlord s Guide to Housing Benefit

A Landlord s Guide to Housing Benefit A Landlord s Guide to Housing Benefit October 2009 A landlord s guide to Housing Benefit; Table of Contents Introduction...3 Standards Of Service...3 Processing Housing Benefit Claims...3 Changes in circumstances...3

More information

Benefit and Pension Rates

Benefit and Pension Rates Benefit and Pension Rates April 2014 2 How much money you could get If you are claiming or are thinking of claiming a benefit, you may want to know how much money you could get. If you are already getting

More information

SSDC Draft LSCT Scheme v 1.10 1

SSDC Draft LSCT Scheme v 1.10 1 South Staffordshire District Council Council Tax Support A summary of the scheme for Pension Credit Age persons and the draft scheme for Working Age persons SSDC Draft LSCT Scheme v 1.10 1 South Staffordshire

More information

Help with Council Tax

Help with Council Tax WR4 April 2011 Welfare rights information sheet Help with Council Tax About this information sheet... 1 Who is liable to pay Council Tax?... 1 Council Tax bills and payment... 1 Help with reducing the

More information

Benefit and Pension Rates

Benefit and Pension Rates Benefit and Pension Rates This leaflet is only a copy of selected information taken from www.gov.uk on 6 April 2016. The latest information is always available online. This leaflet is for guidance only

More information

Claiming housing benefit and council tax benefit

Claiming housing benefit and council tax benefit Claiming housing benefit and council tax benefit Hammersmith & Fulham Council What are housing benefit and council tax benefit? Housing benefit and council tax benefit are means tested benefits designed

More information

W e l f a r e April 2010

W e l f a r e April 2010 Welfare R I G H T S April 2010 CONTENTS PAGE INTRODUCTION...1 Special Rules...1 Who is considered to be terminally ill...3 Diagnosis Test...3 Prognosis Test...3 What are the Special Rules...4 How to claim...4

More information

Your guide to Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit 2011-12

Your guide to Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit 2011-12 Your guide to Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit 2011-12 Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit explained In the current climate of financial insecurity, the more help we can get the better when

More information

factsheet Help with Council Tax

factsheet Help with Council Tax factsheet Help with Council Tax 2015/16 carersuk.org factsheet This factsheet looks at what help is available for council tax and what to do if you disagree with a council tax decision. The information

More information

Help with Council Tax Benefit

Help with Council Tax Benefit MCL3-HelpWithCTax-KNO 6/7/07 12:13 Page 1 How to contact us Information relating to the services which the Council provides and how to contact the various departments can be obtained from any Branch Library

More information

HOUSING BENEFIT, COUNCIL TAX BENEFIT AND SECOND ADULT REBATE CLAIM FORM

HOUSING BENEFIT, COUNCIL TAX BENEFIT AND SECOND ADULT REBATE CLAIM FORM For Office Use Only Ben Ref o: Date of Issue: Reason for Issue: Receipt Stamp HOUSIG BEEFIT, COUCIL TAX BEEFIT AD SECOD ADULT REBATE CLAIM FORM ou should complete and return this form as soon as you can.

More information

FAQs for Housing Benefit and Council Tax Reduction

FAQs for Housing Benefit and Council Tax Reduction FAQs for Housing Benefit and Council Tax Reduction In this section of the website you will be able to find answers to the questions relating to all aspects of Housing Benefit and Council Tax Reduction

More information

SOCIAL SECURITY BENEFIT RATES. Common rules capital limits. Common rules deductions

SOCIAL SECURITY BENEFIT RATES. Common rules capital limits. Common rules deductions SOCIAL SECURITY BENEFIT RATES APRIL 2016 (All weekly rates unless otherwise stated) T = taxable benefits M = means tested, i.e. the level of income/capital will determine benefits. Common rules capital

More information

Backdating your claim

Backdating your claim Backdating your claim Housing and council tax benefit advice Equal Opportunities Statement Gravesham Borough Council is committed to ensuring that no service user or customer is discriminated against on

More information

A CLAIM FOR DISCRETIONARY HOUSING PAYMENTS (DHP) Claim Ref:

A CLAIM FOR DISCRETIONARY HOUSING PAYMENTS (DHP) Claim Ref: A CLAIM FOR DISCRETIONARY HOUSING PAYMENTS (DHP) Claim Ref: SECTION 1 INFORMATION If you are getting Housing Benefit and Local Council Tax Support but you are still having problems meeting your rent and

More information

10817 Carers Allowance 24/2/06 19:50 Page 2 Carer s Allowance

10817 Carers Allowance 24/2/06 19:50 Page 2 Carer s Allowance Carer s Allowance Are you a carer? Do you look after someone who has an illness or severe disability that makes their daily life difficult? This person could have a physical or mental illness or disability.

More information

Dementia Money and Legal Matters: a Guide. Community Care Long Term Care Welfare Benefits Council Tax Discounts Attendance Allowance Further Reading

Dementia Money and Legal Matters: a Guide. Community Care Long Term Care Welfare Benefits Council Tax Discounts Attendance Allowance Further Reading Dementia Money and Legal Matters: a Guide Community Care Long Term Care Welfare Benefits Council Tax Discounts Attendance Allowance Further Reading Volume 2 January 2010 To the best of our knowledge and

More information

NORTH EAST DERBYSHIRE DISTRICT COUNCIL

NORTH EAST DERBYSHIRE DISTRICT COUNCIL NORTH EAST DERBYSHIRE DISTRICT COUNCIL Housing and Council Tax Benefit Benefits advice In this booklet: do you need help to pay your rent or Council Tax? Contents: are you entitled? claim now What are

More information

Claim form for Housing Benefit and Council Tax Reduction

Claim form for Housing Benefit and Council Tax Reduction Claim form for Housing Benefit and Council Tax Reduction If you are just claiming Second Adult Rebate, only fill in Parts 1, 3 and 15 of this form and tick this box. Part 1 About you and your partner Do

More information

Crisis Policy Briefing Universal Credit: Frequently Asked Questions. July 2016

Crisis Policy Briefing Universal Credit: Frequently Asked Questions. July 2016 Crisis Policy Briefing Universal Credit: Frequently Asked Questions July 2016 Crisis Policy Briefing: Universal Credit Frequently Asked Questions 2 Introduction Universal Credit is the Government s new,

More information

Financial arrangements for your stay in a residential or nursing care home

Financial arrangements for your stay in a residential or nursing care home Financial arrangements for your stay in a residential or nursing care home Sometimes living at home is no longer a practical option and moving into a residential or nursing care home may be the best way

More information

How to claim Housing Benefit

How to claim Housing Benefit www.knowsley.gov.uk Leaflet MCL4 How to claim Housing Benefit (Including self-employed claims) Merseyside authorities working together This leaflet is one of a series produced by a number of Merseyside

More information

Application for a Discretionary Housing Payment

Application for a Discretionary Housing Payment RBBNBDHP Benefit Ref : Date of issue:... To :........ Application for a Discretionary Housing Payment Please return this form by post to: Harrogate Borough Council, Benefit Services, PO Box 787, Harrogate,

More information

Factsheet 56 Benefits for people under Pension Credit age

Factsheet 56 Benefits for people under Pension Credit age Factsheet 56 Benefits for people under Pension Credit age April 2016 About this factsheet This factsheet gives information about benefits for people under Pension Credit age (this is 63 years as of April

More information

UNITED KINGDOM 2003. The UK Financial year runs from April to April. The rates and rules below are for June 2003.

UNITED KINGDOM 2003. The UK Financial year runs from April to April. The rates and rules below are for June 2003. UNITED KINGDOM 2003 The UK Financial year runs from April to April. The rates and rules below are for June 2003. 1. Overview of the system The United Kingdom has a contributory flat-rate unemployment insurance

More information

The tax credits guide

The tax credits guide Finances The tax credits guide For families with disabled children Introduction This leaflet is a general guide to tax credits for families with disabled children. It includes information on who qualifies

More information

Carer s Allowance. May 2009

Carer s Allowance. May 2009 Carer s Allowance May 2009 Important information about this leaflet This leaflet is only a guide and does not cover every circumstance. We have done our best to make sure the leaflet is correct as of May

More information

Merton Benefits Service A landlord s guide to Housing Benefit August 2009

Merton Benefits Service A landlord s guide to Housing Benefit August 2009 MERTON COUNCIL PUTTING YOU FIRST Merton Benefits Service A landlord s guide to Housing Benefit August 2009 www.merton.gov.uk Section and contents Page 1 What is Housing Benefit and who gets it?... 3 2

More information

Lewes District Council Council Tax Reduction Scheme S13A and Schedule 1a of the Local Government Finance Act 1992

Lewes District Council Council Tax Reduction Scheme S13A and Schedule 1a of the Local Government Finance Act 1992 Lewes District Council Council Tax Reduction Scheme S13A and Schedule 1a of the Local Government Finance Act 1992 Lewes District Council - Council Tax Reduction Scheme 2014/15 v1.5 1 Lewes District Council

More information

Claiming income support and other benefits

Claiming income support and other benefits Factsheet For single parents in England and Wales April 2013 Freephone 0808 802 0925 Gingerbread Single Parent Helpline Claiming income support and other benefits This factsheet gives details of the benefits

More information

Benefits Service. Students. Claiming Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit. www.milton-keynes.gov.uk/benefits

Benefits Service. Students. Claiming Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit. www.milton-keynes.gov.uk/benefits Benefits Service Students Claiming Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit www.milton-keynes.gov.uk/benefits Benefits Service This leaflet gives you information about claiming Housing Benefit and Council

More information

Housing Benefit and Council Tax Reduction claim form

Housing Benefit and Council Tax Reduction claim form Revenues & Benefits Service Community Contact Centre Town Hall, Queens Square Hastings TN34 1TL Tel: 01424 451080 Fax: 01424 451541 benefits@hastings.gov.uk www.hastings.gov.uk FOR OFFICE USE ONLY Date

More information

Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit for disabled students

Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit for disabled students Information Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit for disabled students You may photocopy this information booklet You may quote from this information booklet if you acknowledge the source Skill information

More information

How much will I have to pay?

How much will I have to pay? Choosing and paying for care How much will I have to pay? How we calculate charges for social care support provided while living in your home Adult social care About this booklet This booklet provides

More information

Benefits Quick Guide

Benefits Quick Guide moneymatters Advice Service Benefits Quick Guide an easy reference to Benefit rates April 2016 Social Work Resources Income Support (IS) and Income-based Jobseeker s Allowance (JSA) Income Support is a

More information

Printed for the Scottish Government by RR Donnelly B55529 03/08

Printed for the Scottish Government by RR Donnelly B55529 03/08 THINKING ABOUT care MOVING INTO A home? THINKING ABOUT care MOVING INTO A home? Crown copyright 2005 ISBN 0 7559 4472 0 Scottish Government St Andrew s House Edinburgh EH1 3DG Printed for the Scottish

More information

Eligibility rules for people over the qualifying age for Pension Credit (currently 62.5 and will be 63 by April 2016)

Eligibility rules for people over the qualifying age for Pension Credit (currently 62.5 and will be 63 by April 2016) Factsheet 17 April 2015 Inside this factsheet Understanding Eligibility rules for people over the qualifying age for Pension Credit (currently 62.5 and will be 63 by April 2016) Calculating the amount

More information

A guide to Council Tax Reduction

A guide to Council Tax Reduction A guide to Council Tax Reduction 1 What is Council Tax Reduction? Council Tax Reduction is the replacement for Council Tax Benefit which helps people on a low income with their Council Tax. From 1 April

More information

Wigan Council Council Tax Reduction Scheme S13A and Schedule 1a of the Local Government Finance Act 1992

Wigan Council Council Tax Reduction Scheme S13A and Schedule 1a of the Local Government Finance Act 1992 Wigan Council Council Tax Reduction Scheme S13A and Schedule 1a of the Local Government Finance Act 1992 1 Wigan Council - Council Tax Reduction Scheme... 1 1.0 Introduction to the Council Tax Reduction

More information

Changes to Benefits Welfare Reform Update

Changes to Benefits Welfare Reform Update Changes to Benefits Welfare Reform Update Under Occupation Council Tax Support The Benefit Cap Universal Credit And More... Find us online www.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk www.facebook.com/letstalkcentral

More information

Exceptional Hardship Payments

Exceptional Hardship Payments Revenues and Benefits Civic Centre The Water Gardens For Official Use Only Harlow, Essex, CM20 1WG Council Tax ref: Date Issued: Date Received: Telephone: 01279 446688 E-mail: council.tax@harlow.gov.uk

More information

Welfare Reform and older people in Scotland

Welfare Reform and older people in Scotland Factsheet 60s January 2013 Welfare Reform and older people in Scotland About this factsheet This factsheet is for older people who live in Scotland. It provides basic information about the main changes

More information

Application for Discretionary Housing Payment/Council Tax Discretionary Relief

Application for Discretionary Housing Payment/Council Tax Discretionary Relief Application for Discretionary Housing Payment/Council Tax Discretionary Relief Name & Address: Date of Issue: Council Tax Account Number: Email Address and Contact Number: Housing Benefit Claim Reference:

More information

HOUSING BENEFIT, COUNCIL TAX BENEFIT AND SECOND ADULT REBATE CLAIM FORM

HOUSING BENEFIT, COUNCIL TAX BENEFIT AND SECOND ADULT REBATE CLAIM FORM For Office Use Only Ben Ref o: Date of Issue: Reason for Issue: Receipt Stamp HOUSIG BEEFIT, COUCIL TAX BEEFIT AD SECOD ADULT REBATE CLAIM FORM ou should complete and return this form as soon as you can.

More information

H o u s i n g B e n e f i t a n d C o uncil Ta x R e d u c t i o n a p p l i c a t i o n form

H o u s i n g B e n e f i t a n d C o uncil Ta x R e d u c t i o n a p p l i c a t i o n form HB&CTB-20ppForm-11Dec09-PM:Layout 1 11/12/2009 16:49 Page 1 H o u s i n g B e n e f i t a n d C o uncil Ta x R e d u c t i o n a p p l i c a t i o n form Section 1 Please use a black pen to fill in this

More information

IS8 Homeowners Help with housing costs

IS8 Homeowners Help with housing costs IS8 Homeowners Help with housing costs www.dsdni.gov.uk Homeowners help with housing costs This information sheet provides information on the help which may be available for owner-occupiers who have housing

More information

Other financial help

Other financial help Other financial help Grants Health Costs Housing Costs Help with debt Extra money for families Other financial help Many families are missing out on extra money that is available. The following is a list

More information

London Borough of Lewisham Council Tax Reduction Scheme 2016-2017. For Pensioners and Working Age Claimants

London Borough of Lewisham Council Tax Reduction Scheme 2016-2017. For Pensioners and Working Age Claimants London Borough of Lewisham Council Tax Reduction Scheme 2016-2017 For Pensioners and Working Age Claimants 29 January 2016 Explanatory Note. The following policy details the local Council Tax Reduction

More information

Factsheet 55 Carer's Allowance. April 2016

Factsheet 55 Carer's Allowance. April 2016 Factsheet 55 Carer's Allowance April 2016 About this factsheet This factsheet explains what Carer s Allowance is, the eligibility criteria, and how to make a claim. It also explains how Carer s Allowance

More information

HOUSING BENEFIT AND COUNCIL TAX BENEFIT. Help with rent and Council Tax for pensioners

HOUSING BENEFIT AND COUNCIL TAX BENEFIT. Help with rent and Council Tax for pensioners HOUSING BENEFIT AND COUNCIL TAX BENEFIT Help with rent and Council Tax for pensioners Revised April 2010 Help with paying your rent and Council Tax if you are a pensioner We have written this leaflet for

More information

DEFERRED PAYMENT AGREEMENT. Information Pack for our service users and their families or representatives

DEFERRED PAYMENT AGREEMENT. Information Pack for our service users and their families or representatives 12 WEEK PROPERTY DISREGARD PERIOD AND THE DEFERRED PAYMENT AGREEMENT Information Pack for our service users and their families or representatives What is the 12 week Property Disregard Period? The Council

More information

MS Essentials. Benefits and MS. This publication is available in large print Call 020 8438 0999 or email shop@mssociety.org.uk

MS Essentials. Benefits and MS. This publication is available in large print Call 020 8438 0999 or email shop@mssociety.org.uk Ninth edition December 2013 09 MS Essentials For people living with MS Benefits and MS Contents see page 2 03 What is happening to the benefits system in the UK? 06 Disability benefits 14 Unable to work

More information

Housing Benefit and Council Tax Support claim form for private tenants

Housing Benefit and Council Tax Support claim form for private tenants Name: Address: Postcode: Revenues and Benefits Council Offices South Street Rochford Essex SS4 1BW Phone: 01702 318197 or 01702 318198 Email: revenues&benefits@rochford.gov.uk Housing Benefit and Council

More information

Last reviewed: September 2015 Next review date: April 2016

Last reviewed: September 2015 Next review date: April 2016 Factsheet Pension Credit About four million older people are entitled to receive Pension Credit to top up their retirement income, yet just under half of those eligible are not claiming it, or are not

More information

Norwich City Council. Council Tax Reduction Scheme 2015/16 CONTENTS

Norwich City Council. Council Tax Reduction Scheme 2015/16 CONTENTS Norwich City Council Council Tax Reduction Scheme 2015/16 CONTENTS PART 1 Introduction 1. Introduction PART 2 Interpretation 2. Interpretation 3. Application of scheme: pensioners and persons who are not

More information

APRIL 2015 CARE AND SUPPORT CHARGING POLICY

APRIL 2015 CARE AND SUPPORT CHARGING POLICY APRIL 2015 CARE AND SUPPORT CHARGING POLICY London Borough of Barking and Dagenham Care and Support Fairer Charging Policy 1.0 Introduction 1.1 The Care and Support Charging Policy is designed that the

More information

Kinship care and benefits the essentials

Kinship care and benefits the essentials Kinship care and benefits the essentials This factsheet explains the benefits and tax credits rules for kinship carers. First read the information on pages 2 and 3 to check which section applies to you.

More information

During the course of this year there may be further updates and changes to this Keycard due to the introduction of criminal contributions.

During the course of this year there may be further updates and changes to this Keycard due to the introduction of criminal contributions. Advice and assistance and civil legal aid Keycard 2014 About the Keycard This interim Keycard sets out the various eligibility limits, contributions and clawback levels in advice and assistance and civil

More information

The Council Tax Reduction Scheme

The Council Tax Reduction Scheme The Council Tax Reduction Scheme 2016 Version control V1 amended Amendment to correct legislation 28/04/2016 1 Council Tax Reduction Scheme 2016 CONTENTS PART 1 Introduction 1. This scheme relates to the

More information

Providing. more than a room. Guide to benefi ts, tax and insurance. The four agency SUPPORTED LODGINGS project May 2011

Providing. more than a room. Guide to benefi ts, tax and insurance. The four agency SUPPORTED LODGINGS project May 2011 The four agency SUPPORTED LODGINGS project May 2011 funded by Communities and Local Government Providing more than a room Guide to benefi ts, tax and insurance The Four Agency Supported Lodgings Project

More information

Application form for Housing Benefit, Council Tax Reduction and Second Adult Rebate

Application form for Housing Benefit, Council Tax Reduction and Second Adult Rebate HC BEN 1 Application form for Housing Benefit, Council Tax Reduction and Second Adult Rebate If you and/or your partner have capital of more than 16,000 and you or your partner are in receipt of Job Seeker

More information

Southampton City Council Council Tax Reduction Scheme 2016

Southampton City Council Council Tax Reduction Scheme 2016 Southampton City Council Council Tax Reduction Scheme 2016 This Council Tax Reduction Scheme is made by Southampton City Council in accordance with the requirements of section 13A of the Local Government

More information

FACTSHEET. Benefits for carers CARERS UK. Are you getting all the financial help you can? the voice of carers THE BENEFITS SYSTEM

FACTSHEET. Benefits for carers CARERS UK. Are you getting all the financial help you can? the voice of carers THE BENEFITS SYSTEM CARERS UK the voice of carers FACTSHEET Benefits for carers Are you getting all the financial help you can? The benefits system is very complex and it can feel like hard work getting the help that you

More information

HOUSING SYSTEMS: BRIEFING

HOUSING SYSTEMS: BRIEFING HOUSING SYSTEMS: BRIEFING 01/2016 Homes affected by floods- impact on Housing Benefit / Universal Credit The recent flooding has left many tenants having to live in temporary accommodation. This is a guide

More information

Section 12 also has details of how to order other Age UK factsheets and information materials and the telephone numbers for Age UK Advice.

Section 12 also has details of how to order other Age UK factsheets and information materials and the telephone numbers for Age UK Advice. Factsheet 55 April 2011 Carer s Allowance About this factsheet This factsheet covers Carer s Allowance, a benefit paid to people who care for someone receiving Attendance Allowance, Disability Living Allowance

More information

If you have Parkinson s, or care for someone who does, you may have

If you have Parkinson s, or care for someone who does, you may have Work, Symptoms money and and practical lifestyle matters Income Support If you have Parkinson s, or care for someone who does, you may have some concerns about how you will manage financially. There is

More information

Benefits and tax credits if you work 16 or more hours a week

Benefits and tax credits if you work 16 or more hours a week Formed from the merger of the National Council for One Parent Families and Gingerbread Factsheet For single parents in England and Wales July 2011 Freephone 0808 802 0925 Gingerbread Single Parent Helpline

More information

Maternity Allowance. Notes sheet. Please keep these notes for your information, do not return them with your MA1 claim form.

Maternity Allowance. Notes sheet. Please keep these notes for your information, do not return them with your MA1 claim form. Maternity Allowance Please keep these notes for your information, do not return them with your MA1 claim form. Notes sheet l Help if you are expecting a baby and you are or have been employed but cannot

More information

Carer s Allowance and Carer s Credit

Carer s Allowance and Carer s Credit Carer s Allowance and Carer s Credit Benefit and support you may get if you are caring for someone 2 Introduction This leaflet: explains what Carer s Allowance and Carer s Credit are asks some questions

More information

Your Council Tax and Non-Domestic Rates 2016/17

Your Council Tax and Non-Domestic Rates 2016/17 Your Council Tax and Non-Domestic Rates 2016/17 This leaflet forms part of your Demand Notice and should be read along with the information contained in the notice. General information on Council Tax Reduction

More information

Discretionary Housing Payments Guidance Manual. Including Local Authority Good Practice Guide

Discretionary Housing Payments Guidance Manual. Including Local Authority Good Practice Guide Discretionary Housing Payments Guidance Manual Including Local Authority Good Practice Guide May 2016 Contents Introduction... 4 Purpose of this Guidance Manual... 4 What are Discretionary Housing Payments?...

More information

Housing Benefit Claims Processing Guidance

Housing Benefit Claims Processing Guidance Housing Benefit Claims Processing Guidance Contents The claims process... 3 Telephone and electronic claims... 8 Calculating Housing Benefit... 9 Backdating... 12 Change of Circumstances... 14 Extended

More information

Empty Dwelling Management Orders Guidance for residential property owners. housing

Empty Dwelling Management Orders Guidance for residential property owners. housing Empty Dwelling Management Orders Guidance for residential property owners housing Contents Introduction 2 Summary 3 Key facts for property owners 4 Making of Empty Dwelling Management Orders 5 Money Matters

More information

About the Department for Work and Pensions. Our service standards

About the Department for Work and Pensions. Our service standards About the Department for Work and Pensions Our service standards 2 About the Department for Work and Pensions Contents 3 Introduction 3 Disability and Carers Service 4 Jobcentre Plus 4 The Pension Service

More information

Paying for residential and nursing home care if you own property

Paying for residential and nursing home care if you own property M ay 20 15 Paying for residential and nursing home care if you own property If you need help understanding this leaflet, an interpreting service is available. Please phone Stockport Interpreting Unit on

More information

HELP WITH RATES HOUSING BENEFIT AND RATE RELIEF CLAIM FORM FOR OWNER OCCUPIERS

HELP WITH RATES HOUSING BENEFIT AND RATE RELIEF CLAIM FORM FOR OWNER OCCUPIERS Date requested Date issued Ratepayer ID Occupancy ID THIS BOX FOR OFFICIAL USE (Find these details on your rate bill) START THE FORM HERE Claim number r name and address FOR OFFICIAL USE HELP WITH RATES

More information

STUDENTS AND BENEFITS

STUDENTS AND BENEFITS The Advice Centre www.susu.org/life/ STUDENTS AND BENEFITS 2011-2012 University of Southampton Students Union www.susu.org The Advice Centre OPEN Monday-Friday 9.00am - 5.00pm Contacting: The Advice Centre:

More information

Inheritance tax Lifetime gifts

Inheritance tax Lifetime gifts Inheritance tax Lifetime gifts CAPITAL TAXES IHT2 Contents Introduction 1 Some general terms and ideas 3 Rates of charge 5 Gifts that are liable to inheritance tax 6 Gifts that are exempt from inheritance

More information

Application for Housing Benefit or Council Tax Support (or both)

Application for Housing Benefit or Council Tax Support (or both) Application for Housing Benefit or Council Tax Support (or both) Director or Finance and Corporate Services, Civic Centre, Neath SA11 3QZ For benefit enquiries relating to the Neath Borough and Upper Lliw

More information

Fairer Contributions Policy

Fairer Contributions Policy Appendix 6 Fairer Contributions Policy July 2011 Adult and Community Services Fairer Contributions Policy 1. Introduction 1.1 The Fairer Contributions Policy is designed to ensure that people pay a fair

More information

A guide to what you can claim

A guide to what you can claim MWR Solicitors A legal guide BENEFITS: A guide to what you can claim Lawyers for life CONTENTS Introduction 3 Benefits in relation to sickness, ill health or injury 4 Statutory sick pay 4 Incapacity Benefit

More information