There have been big changes to the benefits system in recent years.
A limit on the total amount that most working age people can get. If you're affected your Housing Benefit will go down.
Council Tax Support
This local system of help replaced Council Tax Benefit in 2013. Working age people now have to pay at least 15% of their bill.
Mixed age couples
The rules for couples who need to claim help with their rent have changed from 15 May 2019. You can't usually make a new Housing Benefit claim as a couple until you've both reached pension age. Mixed age couples will normally have to claim Universal Credit instead.
Personal Independence Payment
Personal Independence Payment is gradually replacing Disability Living Allowance for disabled adults. It helps with some of the extra costs of long term ill-health or disability, and is based on how your condition affects you, not the condition you have.
Housing Benefit reductions for spare bedrooms, also called 'spare room subsidy' or 'bedroom tax'. If you live in a council or housing association home and have one or more ‘spare’ bedrooms, the amount of Housing Benefit that you can get may be reduced.
A new benefit for working age people. It's gradually replacing benefits if you're out of work and tax credits if you're in work. Available to most working age single people, couples and families.
Last updated: Fri 6 March, 2020 @ 16:17