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Changes to ‘housing allowance for single people’ – Information leaflet

VOICES CAB leaflet


Our friends and colleagues at Citizens Advice Staffordshire North and Stoke-on-Trent have recently produced a leaflet detailing changes to the way ‘housing allowance for single people’ is calculated. As a result of these changes, additional groups of care leavers and former hostel/refuge residents could be eligible for higher amounts of Universal Credit for housing costs or Housing Benefit, but the DWP/Council systems won’t identify them automatically.


If you or your organisation work to support people experiencing multiple disadvantage you can download a pdf copy for printing/reference here. We encourage you to share this information with your colleagues and networks.


The new rules include changes to:


  • The shared accommodation rate
  • New Rules for under 35’s
  • Care Leavers under 25’s
  • If you’ve lived in a hostel or refuge


Other special circumstances

  • Disability Benefits
  • Former Prisoners



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