If you are unemployed or on a low income you may be able to claim benefits. Housing Benefit can help towards your rent. Council Tax Support can help you pay your Council Tax bill. With the introduction of Universal Credit, Housing Benefit is no longer available to all residents, depending on your circumstances you might need to claim Universal Credit instead.
If you and/or your partner have combined savings of over £16,000, we will not pay Housing Benefit or Council Tax Support. If you receive Pension Credit Guarantee this rule does not apply.
Adult children or other relatives or friends who live in your home as part of your household are called 'non-dependants'. This does not include boarders, sub-tenants and joint occupiers.
Universal Credit replaces six existing benefits with a single monthly payment and is administered by the Department for Work and Pensions. Universal Credit is a single monthly payment for people out of work or on a low income.
We need to see evidence of your identity, income and capital when you make a claim for benefits. We also need to see proof of your rent liability for Housing Benefit claims (unless you are a council tenant).
An overpayment is where we've paid you (or your landlord) more benefit than you were entitled to. If your circumstances change, the amount of Housing Benefit or Council Tax Support you are entitled to may also change. If the amount of benefit is lower than it was before, this may result in us paying you too much benefit. If we pay you too much Housing Benefit or Council Tax Support, you will have to repay the overpayment to us. You can avoid an overpayment if you know a change is going to take place by telling us before it happens or as soon as the change happens.