Changes to ‘housing allowance for single people’ – Information 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