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01 March 2015

Housing and Council Tax Benefit Changes

Council Tax Benefit Changes April 2013
The Government abolished Council Tax Benefit (CTB) from 31 March 2013 and all local councils like Surrey Heath have to replace it with their own local schemes for all working age claimants. We call the new scheme Council Tax Reduction (CTR). Pensioners will still have a Council Tax Reduction scheme set nationally and will not have their benefit reduced under the new local scheme.

Housing Benefit Changes April 2013
The Government is introducing new rules to Housing Benefit for working age people renting from a local authority, a registered housing association or other Registered Provider.

Housing Benefit Changes from July 2013

From July 2013 there is a 'benefit cap' - a maximum benefit income level. Some benefits will be exempt from the cap. Housing Benefit is most likely to be the benefit that will be reduced when someone's benefit income reaches the cap level. The cap is most likely to affect families with more than four children.

From October 2013 Universal Credit starts to be rolled out on a national basis

Housing Benefit and Local Housing Allowance will be paid as part of Universal Credit scheme that will replace out-of-work income-related benefits and tax credits to help people move into work. From a January 2016, Universal Credit will roll out to new claims from single people, who would otherwise have been eligible for Jobseeker's Allowance, including those with existing Housing Benefit and Working Tax Credit claims living in the Surrey Heath Borough Council area.


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