Benefit Entitlement and Information

Housing Benefit entitlement (eligibility) -

 

Corby Borough is a Universal Full Service from 01/02/2017.

We may be unable to accept a claim for Housing Benefit. More Information/Exceptions

The above exceptions who has rent to pay can make a claim for Housing Benefit. You may have a partner or be single, have a family or not, or be a pensioner. You may be working, not working or self employed. You do not have to have paid National Insurance contributions. You may pay rent to a Housing Association, Registered Social Landlord, a private individual, the Council or a letting agent. You must be occupying  the property as your main home.

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Exclusions from  Housing Benefit –

You cannot receive Housing Benefit if

  • You live with a close relative and pay rent to that relative.
  • You previously owned the home you are renting unless this was more than five years ago or you had to sell your house to continue living in it.
  • Your landlord is the parent of any child that you or your partner are responsible for.
  • Your landlord is your ex partner.
  • You have over £16000 in savings/capital (unless you receive pension credit guarantee credit).
  • Most full time students are not eligible for Housing Benefit, however if you are disabled, are responsible for a child, a part time student or your partner is not a student you may qualify for benefit.
  • You are a home owner. Housing Benefit cannot be claimed to help with costs of a mortgage or home loan.
  • Your tenancy is deemed non-commercial.
  • Some recent arrivals and migrants to the United Kingdom
  • Some members of religious orders
  • Some Care Leavers under 18 years old.
  • Long leaseholders
  • Residents of care homes and independent hospitals
  • Crown Tenants
  • Tied accommodation

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Council Tax Support entitlement (eligibility) -  You must be  liable to pay Council Tax in respect of the dwelling. You may have a partner or be single, have a family or not, or be a pensioner. You may be working, not working or self employed. You do not have to have paid National Insurance contributions

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Exclusions from Council Tax Support -

  • You have over £16000 in savings/capital (unless you receive pension credit guarantee credit).
  • Most full time students are not eligible as they are not liable for Council Tax.
  • Some recent arrivals and migrants to the United Kingdom
  • Some members of religious orders
  • All people aged under 18 (as they are not liable for Council Tax)
  • People who are severely mentally impaired and receive a Council Tax exemption.
  • Residents of care homes and independent hospitals
  • Owners and landlords of unoccupied properties
  • Owners and landlords of houses multiple occupation (room rents)

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When does your Housing Benefit or Council Tax Support start?

You must claim Housing Benefit  and or Council Tax Support as soon as you need it, as they cannot normally be backdated, unless you can show you had 'good cause' for failing to make your claim on time.

Unless you are claiming in advance, benefit usually starts the Monday after receipt of your application form, or written request for help, whichever is received earlier.

If you know in advance that your circumstances are going to change, e.g. you are retiring, you can make a claim 13 weeks before your circumstances change.

As of November 2005, your date of claim can be from the first contact with a designed office, as long as a claim form is received by a designated office within a month. Corby Borough Council One Stop Shop is a designated office.

If your claim is received in the same benefit week where a new liability for rent or Council Tax starts, and you have moved in that week, your benefit will start that week. The benefit normally runs from Monday to Sunday. However for example, if you move in on the Wednesday when your tenancy started and your claim form or intention to claim is received on the Friday of the same week, your Housing Benefit would be paid from the Wednesday.

Normally you cannot get Housing Benefit for any rent due before you move in to a property except in limited special circumstances and then only for a maximum of four weeks. (Please see Claiming Housing Benefit before moving into your property)

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How we calculate Housing Benefit

Please see slides below. Each box has different rules and regulations and is dependent on your circumstances. Eligible rent could be assessed under Local Housing Allowance rules or Social Sector Size Criteria depending on the type of tenancy. In such cases your full rent may not be used in the calculation of your Housing Benefit.

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How we calculate Council Tax Support

Please see slides below. Each box has different rules and regulations and is dependent on your circumstances.

 Link to calculation slides

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 Claiming Housing Benefit before moving into your property -

You may be entitled to Housing Benefit for up to 4 weeks prior to the date you move into the property. However, a payment cannot be considered unless you have moved into the new home, and:

  • You were liable for payment prior to moving in, and,
  • A claim for Housing Benefit had been made before you moved in.

If the claim has already been refused, you must submit a further claim within 1 month of having moved in.

The delay in moving must be reasonable and;

  • Was pending the outcome of a Social Fund application related to moving in, and, the household includes a member who is either under 6, of Pension credit age or is disabled, or,
  • You became liable to make payments while still an in-patient or in residential care, or,
  • Was necessary in order to have disability related adaptations made which prevented you moving in, or,

These first 2 rules only apply if you did not have to pay rent at a previous address.  For example living with parents or relatives and moving into your first home.

If the delay is due to waiting on disability related adaptations, you may be eligible to receive Housing Benefit at the both addresses if you have a rental liability for both properties up to a maximum of 4 weeks .

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Last updated: Wednesday 7th August 2019 03:12:44 PM
Review date: Saturday 1st August 2020 03:11:59 PM