If you are facing difficulties paying your rent, either because your income is low or you have had to stop work you may be entitled to receive Housing Benefit towards your rent.
If you think that you may be entitled, you should complete a Housing Benefit application form also available from our office and return it to either ourselves or the Council Offices at Rosebery Place, Clydebank. Our staff can help you complete a form.
It is worthwhile making an application even if you are unsure whether you are eligible. The amount of Housing Benefit you will get will depend on your income and your family circumstances.
On the 1st April 2013 the Welfare Reform Act came into force, as part of the Act the Government reduced the level of Housing Benefit you receive if you are of working age and are under occupying your home. This means if you live in a home that is too big for you your Housing Benefit will be reduced by up to 14% of the weekly rent for that property if you have one extra bedroom that isn't needed, and up to 25% if you have two extra bedrooms. These reductions, depending in your circumstances, could mean you lose a large amount of housing benefit.
Click here to find out how much money you could lose - Directgov Benefits adviser
Or Click here for Knowes Information Leaflet - Welfare Reform Information
During November 2016 the Government introduced a benefit cap. Any families whose total income/benefits add up to over £20,000 per year will be affected and may lose some benefit entitlement.