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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.

Carer’s Allowance

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

 

Universal Credit and Changes for CarersInformation about the way carers benefit are affected by the introduction of Universal CreditFind out more...
Where to get adviceInformation about where to get face to face advice on benefits and financial issuesFind out more...

Housing Benefit

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

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...
Discretionary Housing PaymentInformation about Discretionary Housing Payment and how to claim thisFind 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...
Where to get adviceInformation about where to get face to face advice on benefits and financial issuesFind out more...

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

Mandatory ReconsiderationAn explanation of Mandatory Reconsideration the first stage of disputing a decision that has gone against you and how to make it work to increase your chances of successFind out more...
What To Do If You Have No Income?Information about the main reasons you may have no income and suggestions of what you can do depending on your cirucmstancesFind out more...
Where to get adviceInformation about where to get face to face advice on benefits and financial issuesFind out more...