Benefits and Advice
Universal Credit replaces 6 existing benefits with a single monthly payment if you are out of work or on a low income.
The Government made major changes to Housing Benefit which came into effect in April 2013.
There is a maximum limit on the total amount of benefit you can receive. This limit changes depending on your household circumstances.
How to claim Housing Benefit if you are eligible.
You must tell us about any changes in your income or household circumstances. These changes could affect the amount of housing benefit you can claim.
A request for an appeal means that the Council will look again at its decision regarding a claim for benefit and will make sure that it has been done correctly.
The Local Housing Allowance (LHA) is the name used since 2008 for 'Housing Benefit' for people living in the private rented sector.
The Discretionary Housing Payment scheme may provide extra financial help with your rent if you receive Housing Benefit or the housing element of Universal Credit.
Rent determinations for properties not subject to local housing allowance.
If you or someone you know is suffering domestic violence and is in immediate danger, please call the Police on 999.
The Citizens Advice Bureau offers free confidential debt counselling service.
You can repay housing benefits overpayments online securely and quickly.
Find out what benefits you can claim with our free, anonymous benefits calculator. You'll need information about your savings, income, pensions and existing benefits (for you and your partner).
The first vital step in taking control of your finances is to create your own personal budget plan. Our user friendly budget planner is free to use and should only take minutes to complete if you have all your financial information to hand.