The following list gives examples of the type of changes that may effect your Housing Benefit entitlement.

Changes to your household

  • If you have a child
  • If you marry, separate, or divorce
  • If there is a change in the number of children living with you, who you or your partner receive child benefit for
  • If any of your children leave school or finish full time education.
  • If your partner moves in or leaves
  • If there is a change in the number of people living with you as part of the family
  • If anyone living with you as part of your family starts or stops receiving Income Support, Jobseeker’s Allowance, Employment Support Allowance or any benefit, starts or stops work, joins a government training scheme or their income changes
  • If there is a change in the number of people living with you, who pay rent to you as part of a business agreement

Changes to your, or a member of your household’s income, investments or savings

  • If work starts or ends
  • If there is a change in earnings, including overtime, bonus or commission
  • If Income Support, Jobseeker’s Allowance, Employment Support Allowance or Universal Credit starts or ends
  • If entitlement to any benefit starts or ends
  • If there is a change to any benefits or allowances
  • If you have any capital/savings of over £6,000 (working age) and £10,000 (pensionable age) please inform us of any changes over £250 or if your capital exceeds £16,000
  • If entitlement to Tax Credits starts, ends or the amount changes
  • If there is a change to any money paid to you as rent from subtenants, boarders or lodgers
  • If you received any benefits or other income that you had applied for
  • If you sell any property that you own

Other changes

  • If the rent you pay changes
  • If you move home (including temporary arrangements). This includes a change of rooms
  • If you are temporarily absent from home
  • If you start or stop paying towards a student grant
  • If you or your partner become blind or recover your sight
  • If you or your partner go into or leave hospital
  • If someone you provide care for stops receiving Attendance Allowance, Disability Living Allowance or Personal Independence Payment
  • If there are any other changes to your circumstances that have not been given as an example above

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