Welfare Reform Information - Benefit Changes

This page is to keep you up to date of all current changes to Housing Benefit and / or Council Tax Support legislation.

Welfare Reform

Big changes are coming to benefits, introduced by the Government. If you receive benefits, this may affect you.

This web page will help you find out more about how you may be affected. Not all the details have been announced yet - you can also visit the DWP website for the latest announcements.

Under Occupation in Social Housing (sometimes referred to as 'bedroom tax' or 'spare room subsidy')

From April 2013 your Housing Benefit could be reduced if your home is considered to be too big. You will not be affected by this if you are of pension age.

This may apply to you if you have one or more bedrooms than you need. If this applies to you your Housing Benefit entitlement will be reduced by 14% for one spare bedroom, or 25% for two or more spare bedrooms.

For further information please read our Under Occupancy (Bedroom Tax) information sheet

Council Tax Reduction Scheme

In some circumstances you may be eligible for Council Tax reduction. You can find out more in our Council Tax Reduction Scheme Factsheet.

Housing Benefit

Your can read our online section on housing benefit or visit www.gov.uk/housing-benefit for the latest information about changes to the housing benefit system.

Further information on the changes can be found on the DWP website.