The Local Housing Allowance liaison officer is part of the benefit and money advice service and is available to help people who receive housing benefit that will be affected by the benefit cap and other changes resulting from the Welfare Reform Bill.
Changes from April 2013 include a cap on the total amount of benefit that working age people can receive. This will mean that workless households should no longer receive more in benefits than the average earnings of working households.
It is important that claimants potentially affected by the cap are aware of the impact it could have on them. The cap won’t apply to households where a partner or any dependent child qualify for Working Tax Credit, or receive certain benefits such as Disability Living Allowance, Industrial Injuries Benefits and War Pensions.
Those who are affected by the cap will have their housing benefit reduced before any other benefit that they receive. They could avoid or reduce deductions to their housing benefit if they:
* negotiate the rent to a more affordable amount;
* move to cheaper accommodation, if possible;
* become entitled to an exempting benefit if the qualifying conditions are met.
This is where the Local Housing Allowance liaison officer could help. They can help to negotiate a cheaper rent with your landlord or find more affordable accommodation for you.
We are holding sessions at libraries across the East Riding of Yorkshire area throughout October 2012 as follows:
2 OCTOBER, 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM: NORTH BRIDLINGTON LIBRARY.
4 OCTOBER, 9:30 AM – 12:00 PM: BRIDLINGTON CENTRAL LIBRARY.
4 OCTOBER, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM: HORNSEA LIBRARY.
5 OCTOBER, 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM: DRIFFIELD LIBRARY.
16 OCTOBER, 9:30 AM – 12:00 PM: GOOLE LIBRARY.
16 OCTOBER, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM: SNAITH LIBRARY.
17 OCTOBER, 9:30 AM – 12:00 PM: BROUGH LIBRARY.
17 OCTOBER, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM: HESSLE LIBRARY.
22 OCTOBER, 9:30 AM – 12:00 PM: COTTINGHAM LIBRARY.
22 OCTOBER, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM: BEVERLEY LIBRARY.
23 OCTOBER, 9:30 AM – 12:00 PM: HEDON LIBRARY.
23 OCTOBER, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM: WITHERNSEA LIBRARY.
25 OCTOBER, 9:30 AM – 12:00 PM: MARKET WEIGHTON LIBRARY.
25 OCTOBER, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM: POCKLINGTON LIBRARY.
Come along and see us if you have any queries about your housing benefit or if you think you may be affected by the benefit cap or any other changes to your benefit.
Councillor Margaret Chadwick, portfolio holder for Corporate Support Services, said: “The benefit and money advice service has a good record in assisting East Riding residents and I strongly recommend these drop-in sessions which will help ensure that people receive their maximum entitlements.”
If you cannot attend one of the above sessions, you can telephone us on 0800 915 0381, or email firstname.lastname@example.org