Under occupancy for Housing Benefit
Information about the changes to Housing Benefit in April 2013 for tenants renting in the Social Sector. This has become known in the media by some as "the bedroom tax".
council tax reduction scheme
As part of Welfare Reform, from 1st April 2013, the Government abolished Council Tax Benefit and replaced it with a new local financial support scheme, called Council Tax Reduction Scheme (CTRS).
Housing benefit overview
Here we provide an overview of Housing Benefit and answer your questions.
Housing and Council Tax Benefit Claim Form
The form to use to claim Housing and/or Council Tax Benefits
Housing benefit calculator
Fill out this simple form for an instant on-line estimate of how much housing benefit you may be entitled to. This calculation is only an estimate and is based on the information you supply. For a full evaluation please make a formal claim ASAP.
Usually Benefit / Support will only start from the Monday after the Council receive your form.
Local Housing Allowance Rates 2013
Local Housing Allowance Rates (maximum Housing Benefit) 2013. Rates will be updated annually on 1 April when all claims will be reviewed. If you have a change in your household circumstances during the year, please let us know as your LHA rate may change. Contact us on 0845 054 8600.
Discretionary Housing Payment Form
A form to apply for extra help if you are already entitled to Housing Benefit and you do not get the full amount of eligible rent paid.
An at-a-glance view of benefits forms, along with information to help you claim.
Self-employed pro forma
A form for self-employed people claiming Housing and/or Council Tax Benefit who do not have any prepared accounts.
- Universal Credit rolled out to South Copeland
Certificate of Earnings Form
A form for people claiming Housing and/or Council Tax Reduction Scheme who are working but do not have any wage slips from their employer.
Housing benefit appeals
Information about what to do if you think the decsion about your Housing Benefit is wrong.
Council tax reduction scheme
An overview of the new localised council tax scheme introduced in April 2013.
Housing /Council Tax Reduction claims
Details of who can claim Housing Benefit and/or Council Tax Reduction
Localising council tax support
In April 2013 Council Tax Benefit was abolished and councils have had to devise their own local schemes of support for people on low incomes. The Government has announced a £100 million fund to support councils to develop their plans. It has also published guidance about the rules that it wants councils to put into place to ensure that low income households do not face "an extensive increase in their Council Tax liability in 2013-2014.
Here you can read details of our scheme.
Discretionary Housing Payments
Information about how you can apply for help with your rent if you are already entitled to benefit but do not receive the full amount of eligible rent.
Change of circumstances
This form can be used for you to notify us of:
- A change of address
- A significant change in circumstances
- Where there has been a break of less than one calendar month in the claim
- Second adult rebate
Local Housing Allowance
Information about the Local Housing Allowance and how it applies to private tenants claiming Housing Benefit.
Local Housing Allowance Rate 2014
Local Housing Allowance Rates (maximum Housing Benefit) 2014. Rates will be updated annually on 1 April when all claims will be reviewed. If you have a change in your household circumstances during the year, please let us know as your LHA rate may change. Contact us on 0845 054 8600.
Local Housing Allowance Rates 2012
LHA Rates for 2012
HB and CTB electronic comms order
Housing benefit and council tax benefit electronic comms order 2006 CBC
- Local Housing Allowance Rates 2011 Information about the maximum rate of Housing Benefit payable for private tenants for 2011.
How to claim housing and/or council tax reduction
You can use the same form to claim both housing and council tax reduction.
CT reduction requirements reg 2012
Council tax reduction prescribed requirements regulation 2012 CBC
Housing Benefit or CTRS claim
Details about the documents we need to see in support of your application for Housing Benefit and/or Council Tax Reduction. Council Benefit has been replaced by a Council Tax Reduction Scheme.