The government has introduced a number of changes to the way in which many benefits are administered and calculated.
If you receive Housing Benefit, the main areas of change that may affect you are:
This is a cap on the total amount of out-of-work benefits that can be received by working age claimants. For more information about the Benefits Cap visit the government's Benefit Cap page.
If we have contacted you about the Benefits Cap and you have a query or would like further assistance, please use the following information to contact the correct team for help:
Please contact the Department for Work and Pensions if you:
Please contact our Benefits team on telephone number 01332 255122 if:
CTH payments are a way of helping you if the Council Tax Support you get is not enough to pay your Council Tax bill. Our Benefits team is responsible for the scheme and will decide whether or not you can get extra help. CTH payments are not the same as Council Tax Support. They are special payments which come from a separate fund.
For more information see our Council Tax Hardship page.
This is a local scheme that was introduced in April 2013 which replaced Council Tax Benefit, for those on a low income who need help paying their Council Tax. You can make a claim by going online at Derby Direct to You.
We may be able to help you with a DHP award if you are receiving Housing Benefit, but the amount of benefit you receive is not enough to cover your rent payments and you are struggling to make up the shortfall. For more information, see our DHP page.
This is local scheme that was introduced in April 2013 which replaced the Community Care Grant and Crisis Fund elements of the Social Fund. For more information, see our Local Assistance Scheme.
PIP started to replace Disability Living Allowance (DLA) for people aged 16 to 64 from 8th April 2013. For more information see the government's Personal Independence Payments page.
This limits the amount of Housing Benefit that can be paid for those who live in social housing and who are under-occupying their home.
For more information on RSRS see the Department of Work and Pensions Housing Benefit Claimant Factsheet - Removal of Spare Room Subsidy
In certain circumstances, you may be given some protection from these restrictions, whether you live in social or privately rented housing:
Anyone receiving Housing Benefit who falls into one of these categories should contact our Benefits team immediately by either emailing email@example.com or calling telephone number: 01332 255122.
We can then make sure you are receiving the right amount of benefit.
Universal Credit (UC) is a new benefit that is administered by the Department for Work and Pensions. It is being introduced gradually around the country at the moment.
UC will eventually replace:
At this time, your eligibility to claim UC depends on where you live and your personal circumstances.