Housing benefit reform

Bedroom tax rules cut help with the rent for council and housing association tenants. Discretionary housing payments help some to make up a shortfall. The benefit cap limits the total amount of benefits if you are out of work.

Housing benefit changes

In April 2013 the benefit cap was introduced cutting the housing benefit received by many working age claimants. The bedroom tax was also introduced reducing the housing benefit of many working age council and housing association tenants

What is the benefit cap?

The benefit cap places an upper limit on the total amount of benefits that can be claimed, affecting many families and single parents

What is the bedroom tax?

The bedroom tax reduces the housing benefit of working-age council and housing association tenants when the council decides you have one or more spare bedrooms

Discretionary housing payments (DHP)

Discretionary housing payments (DHP) could help you if you get housing benefit but can't afford to pay all your rent. Payments are usually for a short time