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Benefit backdating rules

Housing Benefit helps you pay your rent if you are on a low income.

Housing Benefit will also depend on the number of non dependants living with you.​ ​​Please see our Benefits advice page for advice, guidance and assistance with the full range of welfare benefits.You can also use our benefits calculator to find out how much Housing Benefit Council Tax Support you may claim.However, the following people are allowed their own bedroom: Find out how many bedrooms you are entitled to using the Direct Gov, Bedroom Calculator One spare bedroom is allowed for foster carers.If you are a newly appointed foster carer, you are allowed a spare bedroom for up to 52 weeks if no child is placed with you in that time.You are not eligible for Housing Benefit if you have savings of more than £16,000.

If the amount of savings you have changes or they increase to more than £16,000, you must tell us immediately.

Since April 2013 Housing Benefit payments will only cover the number of bedrooms that your household needs.

For the purposes of working out your Housing Benefit, the following people are expected to share a bedroom: Having more bedrooms than you need (according to the above) is known as under occupancy and your Housing Benefit payments will be reduced.

Eligible rent does not provide cover for living expenses such as heating, hot water or fuel costs.

If you rent from a private landlord and are entitled to Housing Benefit, your eligible rent is either the weeklyor the cost of your actual rent - whichever one is lower.

You may be able to get Housing Benefit if you are a student: If you want to claim Housing Benefit fill in a Student form with your new claim form.