If you are of working age and receive Housing Benefit the changes will mean that you may get less help with your rent.
The changes include:
Local Council Tax Reduction Scheme
In April 2013 the government ended the national Council Tax Benefit scheme. Instead all local councils including Craven District Council had to design and run their own Council Tax Reduction scheme with less money from central government to pay for it.
Craven's scheme for 2016-17 remains unchanged from 2015-16 apart from changes imposed by Central Government.
Household Benefit cap
In April 2013, the government put a limit on the amount of benefit that working age people can receive. This is so that no family out of work can receive more welfare benefits than families that are working receive after tax earnings. There is a maximum total benefit entitlement of £500 per week for couples or single parents with children, or £350 a week for single people. There is more information on this website page Housing Benefit cap.
Social housing size restrictions
In April 2013 the government introduced new rules that set out the number of bedrooms Housing Benefit will pay for, if you are renting from a local authority, a registered housing association or other registered social landlord. These rules restrict the size of accommodation you can receive Housing Benefit for based on the number of people in your household and it is possible therefore that the amount of Housing Benefit you get to pay your rent could go down. There is more information on this website page Social housing size restriction.
Local Housing Allowances
Room rates for people renting from private landlords are no longer based on rental values, but will be increased annually by the consumer price index.
The rules regarding claiming Housing Benefit if you are going abroad have now changed.