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Changes to Housing benefit and Universal Credit housing cost

From April 2018, the way that housing benefit and the housing cost element of Universal Credit is calculated will change. If you have started a tenancy since 2016, you may be affected.

These benefits will be based upon the number of bedrooms you need and will be restricted to the lower of the Local Housing Allowance (LHA) or the under occupancy reduction that may apply to your household.

You will be responsible for paying the difference from your other income.

For more information, check out this handy guide.

For further information and support please contact our Money Advice team. Between now and April 2018 they will be able to provide advice to ensure you are able to pay your rent.

Please call 0300 456 2531 to speak to a member of the team.

  • Last updated: 27/10/2016

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