How Housing Benefit Has Changed

The housing benefit system is changing, you may or may not have been effected by the change but by the year 2023 every person or family claiming this benefit will only be able to claim through the new universal credit benefit.

If you haven’t received any correspondence from universal credit about changes to the way you claim your housing benefit you don’t need to do anything, you will be notified when you need to amend your claim to the new system.

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You are not entitled to housing benefit if:

  • You have savings of £16,000 or more
  • You own your own home and pay a mortgage
  • Your partner already gets housing benefit
  • Your an asylum seeker or subject to immigration control

Changes To The Housing Benefits Element (May 2019)

Changes to the housing benefit element in May 2019 may affect whether you are eligible to claim or not, the changes are:

If you live with your partner you will only be able to claim the new universal credit housing benefit is you and your partner have reached the state pension age, if your not sure of your state pension age you can find it here state pension age.

If you are already claiming housing benefit before the 15th May 2019, you will be able to continue with your claim.

Apply before the 13th of August 2019 and you may be able to get your claim backdated to 14th May 2019 meaning you can still claim housing through the old benefit system.

Universal Credit Housing Benefit

You may have been told that you need to move your claim over to universal credit housing benefit if that is the case you will be contacted either by phone or post with instructions on how to make the change.

Unless your circumstances have changed the transition should be simple, if you currently get your housing paid to your landlord or housing association this may stop immediately. The new element will be paid directly to you as the claimant, it will be your responsibility to pay your landlord.

Supported housing: You cannot claim for supported or temporary housing but you may be able to claim from your local council find out more here.

For additional help and support you can visit our community and ask your questions.