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Housing Benefit and Welfare Reform
Made Easy

Our Housing Benefits Officer provides advice to Trust tenants and tenants who are in the process of applying for a property with Trust. For more information about benefits and how we can help, you can download our Benefits brochure or our Easy Guide to Benefits for the 60+

What is Housing Benefit?

Housing benefit is paid by the Government to help people on a low income to pay their rent.

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Housing benefit is paid by the Government to help people on a low income to pay their rent.

Can I claim Housing Benefit?

You may be able to and not even know, read on to find out more.

Am I still entitled if I’m selling my own home?
You might be. If your property is on the market you may be entitled to help with your rent for six months, depending on your income.  For example, a single person over the age of 65 with an income of around £300 per week may still be entitled to some help with their rent. 

Am I entitled to help towards meal costs?
Yes. If you’re eligible for Housing Benefit then your rent also includes a charge towards the cost of meals.

You can get more information from the Government’s website https://www.gov.uk/housing-benefit.

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What is Welfare Reform?

Welfare Reform is changes to the state benefits system made by the Government. 

We like to keep you up to date with the latest news that may affect you, so read on for the latest developments in welfare reform. 

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What is the Bedroom Tax and what does it mean for me?

In April 2013 the Government introduced new rules to limit the amount of benefit you can claim for each bedroom, if you are renting your home. The amount you can claim will be based on the number of people in your household. If you have one 'spare' bedroom your housing benefit will be cut by 14% of the rent you pay every week. If you have two or more spare bedrooms, you will lose 25%.

The bedroom tax does not apply if: 

This means that the amount of Housing Benefit you receive may be affected if you have ‘spare’ bedroom(s). 

The new rules say that one bedroom is allowed for each of the following:

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100% of tenants surveyed in 2012 said Trust's dedicated Benefits Advice Service met their needs. And 98% said they would recommend this service.

What can I do if the bedroom tax affects me?

If you are affected there are a few steps you can take to reduce this such as:

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What is PIP and what does it mean for me?

PIP (formerly known as Disability Living Allowance) is for disabled people aged 16 to 64 (known as working age).

Your entitlement to PIP isn’t based on your disability, but the help you may need because of your condition or disability. Your personal circumstances are taken into account and the impact that your condition or disability has on your ability to live independently.

The payment isn't means-tested, so your income and savings won't affect your entitlement. You can claim it whether you're in or out of work.

The payment is tax-free and you can spend the money as you choose.

PIP has two components:

If you’re aged 16 to 64

And you’re currently claiming DLA this will be replaced with the PIP, even if you've an indefinite or lifetime award.

There's no automatic entitlement to PIP. You will be reassessed. Entitlement is based on your personal circumstances and the impact that your condition or disability has on your ability to live independently. Entitlement will not depend on what health condition or disability you have.

If you’re aged 65 or over

If you’re currently claiming DLA and you’re aged 65 or over on the day PIP is introduced you'll keep getting your DLA. You will need to continue to meet the entitlement conditions. You will not need to claim PIP.

What do I need to do?

You don't need to do anything for now. The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) will write to you between 2013 and 2017 to let you know when your DLA will stop. They will tell you when and how you should make a claim for PIP.

You can get more information from the Government website https://www.gov.uk/pip.

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How can Trust’s Benefits Advice Service help me?

Our Benefits Advice Service can help you with general information and advice, a benefits check, help in making a claim and assistance with forms.

100% of tenants surveyed in 2012 said this service met their needs. And 98% said they would recommend the service.

Below are some case studies from current tenants on how the service has helped them. 

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If the information on this page can’t help you please contact our dedicated Benefits Officer (details at bottom of page).

Case Studies

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Need a little more reassurance?

Our Housing Benefits Officer provides advice to Trust tenants and tenants who are in the process of applying for a property with Trust.

If the information on this page can’t help you please contact our dedicated Benefits Officer, Aisha Nadeem at anadeem@trustha.org.uk or 0131 444 4969. Aisha’s working hours are Monday to Thursday 9am to 5pm and Friday 9am to 4pm.

 

The staff are excellent, they are helpful and cheery and they do a lot for all the tenants.