Housing Benefit and Council Tax Support - Change Of Circumstances

 

Change of Circumstances

Please tell us right away if anything changes for you or the people who live with you, as this could affect your Housing Benefit or Council Tax Support.  If you do not tell the Benefit section in time and you receive Housing Benefit or Council Tax Support which you are not entitled to. If we find that we have paid you too much money, you will have to pay us back.  We may have to take any money you owe us off your future benefit payments or you may receive an amended Council Tax Bill.

Please use this change of circumstances form if you want to tell the Benefit Section about a change in circumstances that may affect you Housing Benefit or Council Tax Support.

You must tell us if:

  • You start to claim Universal Credit.
  • Your state pension or your private pension changes or you start to receive pensions.
  • Your income changes
  • Your Tax Credits change or stop
  • You stop or start getting Income Support, Jobseeker’s Allowance or any other benefits;
  • Your rent goes up or down (if you are a private tenant);
  • You or your partner’s wages go up or down, or you start a new job;
  • The other money that you or your family have coming in goes up or down;
  • Your savings or your families savings change;
  • Anyone who lives with you has a change in their situation, such as starting work;
  • Anyone moves in to live with you, or moves out;
  • Someone in your household dies;
  • You have an additional child or new baby;
  • Your child leaves full time education;
  • You change address;
  • You are going away from your address;
  • Changes to Child Care Costs.

If you are unsure if a change in your circumstances will affect your Housing Benefit or Council Tax Support, please contact the Benefit Section 

Change of Circumstances Leaflet

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Change of Address - Private Tenancy or Housing Association Tenancy

Please print and complete one of the forms below if you have moved/changed address.

If you are moving to a private tenancy or housing association tenancy please complete this form.

Change of Address Form - Private Tenants 

or you can report a change On line

If you are using a form return the completed form to:

By Post - Corby Borough Council, The Corby Cube, George Street Corby, Northants, NN17 1QG

In person - Corby Borough Council,  The Corby Cube, George Street Corby, Northants, NN17 1QG

Please provide proof of identity (i.e. Household bill, Official Letter, etc)/ income with your new address on and your tenancy agreement.

Please inform the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) about your change of address

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Change of Address – Council Tenants or Council Tax only

Please print and complete one of the forms below if you have moved/changed address.

If you are moving to a Council Tenancy or only want to claim Council Tax Support please complete this form

Change of Address Form - Council Tenants and Council Tax only

If you are using a form return the completed form to:

By Post - Corby Borough Council, The Corby Cube, George Street Corby, Northants, NN17 1QG

In person - Corby Borough Council,  The Corby Cube, George Street Corby, Northants, NN17 1QG

Please provide proof of identity (i.e. Household bill, Official Letter, etc) /income with your new address on.

Please inform the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) about your change of address

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Housing Benefit on Two Homes

Housing Benefit is usually only paid for the home in which you are living and paying rent. There are some circumstances in which you may be able to get help for two homes, for example:

  • You have moved into other rented accommodation due to fear of violence
  • You are a student or trainee, one of a couple, and have to live in separate rented accommodation because of your course or work
  • You have a large family and the Council has housed you in two separate properties
  • You have moved to a new home which you have to pay rent for but you must still pay rent for your old home

 If you think that any of these may apply to you, further details are given in this page to help you.

Fear of violence

Where you have left your former home and remain absent due to fear of violence occurring either in your home by another person or outside your home by a former member of your family, benefit may be paid.

In all cases, we must consider if it is reasonable to do so and benefit may be paid for a maximum of 52 weeks. For benefit to be paid, you must intend to return to and live in the home you left.
 

Students or Trainees

Couples who are living in separate rented accommodation may receive benefit for both properties.

We must consider that separate accommodation is unavoidable and it is reasonable to pay benefit on both homes. There is no time limit on this provision.
 
Large Families

If you have a large family and the council has housed you in two separate dwellings because your household is too large for them to place you in one home, benefit may be paid on both properties. To qualify, both properties must be public housing whether or not provided directly by the council and should be adjacent to each other. There is no time limit for this provision.
 
Unavoidable Overlapping Benefit

If you have moved to a new home which you rent and you still have to pay rent for your old home, help may be available. If the situation is unavoidable e.g. you were offered a new home to rent but were unable to give your landlord the notice he required, benefit may be paid for up to 4 weeks on your old home. For this to be considered, you must have moved into your new home. 

Online Application form for Benefit on Two Homes

 HB on Two Homes - Application Form.pdf

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Temporarily away from home

In some cases we can continue to pay benefit whilst you are away from home. In most cases you must not be away for more than 4 weeks.

You must inform us when you are going to be away from your home. We will need to know the date you are leaving, the date you intend to return and why you will be away.

Housing Benefit and Council Tax Support are only normally payable whilst you are living at the property. However benefit may still be paid while you are away from home in certain circumstances.

To qualify you must:

  • Intend to return to the property following the temporary absence.
  • Not sub-let or re-let the property while you are away.
  • Not claim Housing Benefit or Council Tax Support elsewhere during your absence.

 4 weeks rule

Outside Great Britain unless

  • you are in hospital or similar institution as a patient 
  • you, your partner or dependent child undergoing medical treatment, medically approved convalescence in accommodation other than residential accommodation 
  • you have left their home through fear of violence 
  • you are a member of Her Majesty’s forces posted overseas 
  • you are mariner
  • you are Continental shelf worker (oil and gas industry)

in th above cases the maximum absence is up to 26 weeks.

A person who is absent from Great Britain in connection with the death of their partner or a child for whom he or his partner is responsible, the persons close relative, a close relative of the persons partner or a close relative of a child or young person for whom the person or persons partner is responsible, the absence is up to 4 weeks plus an additional 4 weeks if the Decision Maker considers it unreasonable for the claimant to return home within the first 4 weeks

 

 13 week rule

 While you are away from home in the United Kingdom (UK) you may be able to claim benefit for up to 13 weeks if you are:

 On holiday and your circumstances remain the same.

  • Absent for domestic reasons, such as a bereavement or family illness.
  • Absent for religious reasons.
  • Working away from home in the UK .
  • A sentenced prisoner (benefit can only be awarded if the total absence, including any period on remand, is likely to be less than 13 weeks).

 52 week rule

 You may be able to claim benefit for up to 52 weeks while you are away from home if you are: 

  • A prisoner on remand, including bail hostels (if you are sentenced you automatically fall under the 13 week rule).
  • A patient in hospital.
  • Receiving medically approved care, treatment or convalescence.
  • Providing medically approved care for someone else.
  • Providing care for a child whose parent or guardian is receiving medical treatment.
  • Attending an approved training course.
  • In fear of violence.
  • A student eligible for benefit and are absent on residential study. 

‘Medically approved’ means certified by a medical practitioner such as a GP or nurse.

Residential Care Accommodation

If you go into residential care accommodation on a trial basis you may be entitled to benefit for up to 13 weeks. However, you must intend to return home if the accommodation is unsuitable for your needs.

If you move into residential care accommodation to receive temporary care and you intend to return home you may be entitled to benefit for up to 52 weeks.

Should you become a permanent resident in residential care accommodation you will not be entitled to Housing Benefit or Council Tax Support. However, in certain circumstances you may be entitled to up to four weeks Housing Benefit to cover the period of notice on your previous tenancy. If you think this may apply to you contact the Revenues & Benefits office.

I know I’m going away for a temporary period – what should I do?

You must tell us in writing as soon as possible if you are going away from home and wish to continue claiming benefit and/or support. You should confirm the date you are going away and the date you expect to return home, as well as provide us with details of where you will be staying. It is important that you notify us when you return home.

You can email  the Benefit Section benefit.enquiries@corby.gov.uk

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Last updated: Monday 29th January 2018 03:20:19 PM
Review date: Thursday 24th January 2019 03:19:20 PM