Many low-income households will qualify for some help through the housing benefit scheme. It is important that claims are made as soon as possible as benefit can only be backdated if there is a good reason for not claiming sooner. Being unaware of entitlement to benefit will not be considered a good reason for not claiming earlier.
From April 2013 working age people renting a property from the Council or a Housing Association may find their housing benefit is reduced if they are deemed to have an extra bedroom. Click here for more information about the Social Sector Size Criteria regulations which affects the amount of housing benefit paid.
Private Rented Sector
If you are claiming Housing Benefit in the privately rented sector, you will usually only be able to claim a set maximum level of Housing Benefit towards your rent, called the Local Housing Allowance. How much you are entitled to depends upon your household make-up and your age. You can find more information here.
Change in your circumstances:
If someone comes to live in your house, or a child becomes 18 years old you should notify the housing benefit office. It is important to notify changes as soon as possible as any delay may result in an overpayment of benefit that you will be expected to repay.
Other adults living in the house:
Where there are other adults, excluding your partner, living in the house there may be a reduction in the amount of housing benefit you qualify for. This is referred to as a non-dependent deduction.
Reviews and appeals:
If you are unhappy with a decision regarding your housing benefit you may be able to challenge the decision. For more information see our section on ‘How to appeal benefit decisions’.
For free advice click here to search our database of advice centres across Glasgow or call the GAIN Helpline on 0808 801 1011. Calls are free from land-lines and mobiles.