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16 February 2011, Housing benefit is changing and we’re here to help

Lambeth Council, Lambeth London Living and United Residents Housing (URH) have joined forces to identify and help tenants who will lose out as part of Government changes to housing benefit from 1 April.

The joint campaign offers support and guidance to tenants who may struggle to pay their rent as a result of the changes to the benefit system.

The level of deduction from Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit hasn’t changed for the past 10 years. As a result of the changes the amount of non-dependent deduction taken from both resident’s Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit will be increasing every year until 2014.

This means some tenants will have to pay more towards their housing costs - including rent - from their income than they are used to.

This change will affect you if you claim housing benefit and have an adult son or daughter, a family member or friend living with you. The higher their income, the less Housing Benefit you will receive.

Lambeth Council, Lambeth London Living and URH anticipate that over 1,000 residents will significantly lose out as result of the changes. Current tenants with three non-dependent adults at home, each with a gross income of less than £122 a week, stand to lose an additional £312 a year from their current housing benefit award and more than £85 a year from their current Council Tax Benefit award.

Tenants with three non-dependant adults at home, each with a gross income of more than £387, stand to lose more than £2,000 a year, from their current housing benefit award and more than £250 a year from their current Council Tax Benefit award.

The joint campaign will involve targeted letters, phone calls to residents, debt advice surgeries and drop in sessions to help residents identify and work through any financial problems before they get out of hand.

Chair of Lambeth London Living, Keith Hill, said:

“The joint campaign is all about reaching out to those who stand to lose out because of changes to the housing benefit system. We’re here to help and we would urge concerned tenants to contact us before they fall into financial problems and put their home at risk.”

If you are concerned about these changes or need more information, please contact Lambeth London Living’s central income team on 0800 088 0088 or Lambeth’s revenues and benefits service on 0345 302 2312. URH or TMO tenants should contact their local housing office.