If you care for someone then this page will give you more information on how the new benefit changes may affect you. This includes information about how help with housing costs is changing and what to do if something goes wrong with your claim.
Carers Allowance is a non-means-tested benefit paid to people who spend at least 35 hours per week caring for someone who receives middle or higher rate care component of Disability Living Allowance, Daily Living component of Personal Independence payment of Attendance Allowance. Universal Credit and Changes for Carers identifies the way carers benefits entitlement will be affected by the introduction of Universal Credit. If this gives rise to difficulties you should refer to Where to get advice
Housing Benefit (HB) is a benefit paid by the local authority to meet the cost of rent either in full or in part. People who get Universal Credit (UC) will have their housing costs paid as part of that benefit. There are a number of reasons why the level of HB and UC paid is less than the level of rent and these are explained in the article HB and UC housing costs restrictions. These reasons include the Bedroom Tax and Housing Costs Contributions and Non-Dependents. These two articles suggest ways of tackling these problems but failing this claimants may want to consider asking for a Discretionary Housing Payment. EU nationals who are unemployed will have extra tests applied before HB is paid and these are explained in EU Nationals and Genuine Prospect of Work Issues. If you need help with any aspect of claims for these benefits see the article Where to get advice
Something Wrong With Your Claim?
This section of the website gives advice on some of the most common crisis situations arising for carers due to welfare reform. If you are left without any income some solutions are suggested in the article What to do if you have no income? If you wish to dispute a decision that has been made against you, you will need to go through the Mandatory Reconsideration process. If you need help with any situation when something has gone wrong see the article Where to get advice