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Important information for new housing association and council tenants under the age of 35 on 1 April 2018

If you qualify for help towards meeting the cost of your rent through Housing Benefit (or the housing element of Universal Credit) you need to be aware that from 1 April 2018, the way this benefit is calculated will be changing.

What does it mean for me?

If you sign a new tenancy from 1 April 2016 onwards, the amount of Housing Benefit (or the housing element of Universal Credit) that you may receive from 1 April 2018 could be restricted.

The amount of Housing Benefit (or the housing element of Universal Credit) you will receive will be capped to the relevant Local Housing Allowance rate for your household size that currently applies to private sector tenants.

This means that if you are a single person under the age of 35 and do not have any dependent children living with you, from 1 April 2018 your eligible rent will be limited to a shared accommodation rate, even if you do not share your home with anyone else.

Shared Accommodation Local Housing Allowance

Maximum Weekly Amount

Applies to these postcodes

Guildford

(Most of the borough excluding the areas indicated below)

£84.04

 

GU1

GU2

GU3

GU4

GU5

GU7

GU8

GU23

GU24(excluding GU24 0BD)

KT11

KT23

KT24

RH5

Blackwater Valley

(Ash, Ash Vale, Ash Green, Tongham, Seale)

 

£79.92

GU10

GU12

GU16 6RR

GU24 0BD

 

How will I know if I am affected?

When we offer you a tenancy, we will explain how this change may affect you.  If your rent is higher than the amounts indicated in the table above, you will need to consider how you will afford any shortfall in your rent, if you are in receipt of Housing Benefit on or after 1 April 2018.

Is there anything I can do?

If you are working you are more likely to be able to afford any shortfall in benefit.  Therefore if you are unemployed and would like to secure a job, we can refer you to our local Employment Training, Housing Options and Support (ETHOS) Advisor, Rosalind Spencer or you can contact her directly on 07904 909013 or rosalind@surreyllp.org.uk.