Has your benefit been reduced?

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If your benefit has been reduced then this page will give you more information on what you can do.

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Birmingham Housing Benefit 2 child restrictionBirmingham City Council’s Housing Benefit department  have advised Central England Law Centre that they have made some mistakes in applying the 2 child restriction to some families who should not have had their Housing Benefit restricted.  The two child restriction was introduced in April 2017 and affects families who have a third or subsequent child […]Find out more...
Universal Credit and Bedroom TaxWe have updated our Bedroom Tax section to include the Universal Credit rules. Some of the rules which delay the date when Bedroom tax applies under Housing Benefit are much weaker under Universal Credit. Under Housing Benefit rules the bedroom tax is delayed for 12 months following the death of someone who previously lived in […]Find out more...
Universal Credit housing costs for under 21sWe have updated our webpage Housing Benefit and Universal Credit Housing Costs Restrictions  to give details of the new rules limiting housing costs for young people getting Universal Credit. These changes will come into effect only after the  full roll out of Universal Credit which is due to apply from November 2017 in Birmingham and […]Find out more...

What you can do and further information

There are a very wide range of situation when your benefit can be reduced. If your Housing Benefit is reduced this may be because of Bedroom Tax or Benefit Cap.   The articles Housing Costs Contributions and Non-Dependants, Housing Benefit and Universal Credit Housing Costs restrictions, Help with Mortgage Interest and Housing Costs under Universal Credit if you live in rented accommodation provide informations about reductions of both Universal Credit housing costs and Housing Benefit. Other reasons why benefits are reduced include sanctions see Income Support Sanctions and failed medical assessments. More information about medical assessments can be found in Changes to Incapacity Benefit, Severe Disablement Allowance and Income Support Paid on the Basis of Sickness, Work Related Activity Group and Support Group and Rate of Personal Independence Payment has been reduced.  The article How Disability Living Allowance and Personal independence Payment can help you to get an increase in other benefits also explains reasons why your income may have gone down. If you are receiving Universal Credit which includes Transitional protection then this can also give rise to reductions in income which is covered in the article Universal Credit Transitional Protection. Discretionary Housing Payment can help if the reduction in income affects the benefit you receive to help with your rent (whether this is Housing Benefit or Universal Credit). For more advice on these and other situations Where to get advice will give details of advice services which can help you.

Bedroom TaxInformation about the Bedroom Tax which explains how it works, who it applies to and what you can do if you are affectedFind out more...
Benefit CapInformation explaining how the benefit cap works, who is affetced and what you can do if it applies to youFind out more...
Changes to Incapacity Benefit, Severe Disablement Allowance and Income Support Paid on the Basis of SicknessInformation about what happens when you are transferred from Incapacity Benefit, Severe Disablement Allowance and Income Support to Employment and Support Allowance and what you need to doFind out more...
Discretionary Housing PaymentInformation about Discretionary Housing Payment and how to claim thisFind out more...
Help with Mortgage InterestAn explanation of changes to the way the rules governing mortgage interest payments included in benefits payments are changing from April 2016 onwardsFind out more...
Housing Benefit and Universal Credit Housing Cost RestrictionsInformaiton about Local Housing Allowance and rent restrictions for people who are under 35Find out more...
Housing Costs Contributions and Non-dependentsInformation to explain how much other people living in your house are expected to pay you towards the rent or mortgage and how this will change under Universal Credit Find out more...
Housing Costs under Universal Credit if you live in rented AccommodationInformation about how you will get help with your rent when you claim Universal CreditFind out more...
How Disability Living Allowance and Personal Independence Payment can help you to get an increase in other benefitsInformation explaining how getting Disability Living Allowance and Personal Independence Payment can help you to get increases in other benefitsFind out more...
Income Support SanctionsThe rules for Income Support sanctions have been changed from 3rd December 2012. Sanctions on Income Support apply to people who fail to attend a work focused interview.  This is mostly single parents but some other people can also be required to attend work focused interviews while they are claiming Income Support. Single parents who […]Find out more...
Rate of Personal Independence Payment or Disability Living Allowance Has Been ReducedInformation on what happens when your Disability Living Allowance or Personal Independence Payment is being reviewed and what you can do about thisFind out more...
Two Child RestrictionThis article explains the new two child policy introduced from April 2017Find out more...
Universal Credit Transitional ProtectionInformation about how your income can be protected if you are transferred on to Universal Credit from another benefitFind out more...
Where to get adviceInformation about where to get face to face advice on benefits and financial issuesFind out more...
Work Related Activity Group and Support GroupAn explanation of how the Department for Work and Pensions decide whether Work-Related Activity Group or Support Group is right for you Find out more...