The level of benefit for people under 35 is restricted to the one bedroom, shared accommodation rate. This rate will also apply to single people over 35 and couples with no other occupiers who chose to live in shared accommodation. To check the current rates go to our 'How much might I receive? page and check the 1 bed shared rate.
The change will affect claims in the ways shown below:
|Type of claim
||How the change affects you |
||The restriction will apply form the start of the Housing Benefit entitlement |
|Change of address
||The restriction will apply form the start of the Housing Benefit entitlement for the new address |
|Existing claim from a customer aged 25 to 34
1. If Housing Benefit entitlement includes 9 months transitional protection from the changes introduced in April 2011, the restriction will apply from the end of the transitional period.
2. For all other cases the restriction will apply from the anniversary date of the claim.
However, certain people will not be affected by the restriction:
- People who are severely disabled
- Care leavers up to the age of 22
- People with non dependants
- People who require an additional bedroom for an overnight carer
- People aged between 25 and 34 who were former residents of specialist homeless hostels. They must have spent at least 3 months in the hostel and have been offered and accepted support services with the the aim of rehabilitating or resettling in the community.
- Ex - offenders who are subject to active multi-agency management under the Multi Agency Public Protection Arrangements (MAPPA)
Where can I get practical help or advice on paying my rent?
The LHA Transition Team can offer practical help with the aim of helping you pay your rent in full. They will also offer help with finding suitable accommodation, especially if your current home is too expensive.
You can contact them on 0845 120 2093 8.00 to 18.00 Monday to Friday or via the Help With Rent website (external link)
Is there an advisor near you?