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

Housing benefit rules for council and housing association tenants changed from April 2013 and the benefit cap was introduced, reducing and limiting benefits

What is the benefit cap?

From April 2013, 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?

Confused by the new bedroom tax? From April 2013, bedroom tax has affected council and housing association tenants with spare bedrooms or extra rooms

Bedroom tax loophole

The bedroom tax cuts to housing benefit should not have been applied to everybody. A legal loophole in the bedroom tax means you may get a refund.

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