Changes to benefits

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HOUSING benefit claimants in South Holland are being warned that help towards their rent could be reduced from next year.

Changes to housing benefit legislation introduced in April saw a reduction in the amount of Local Housing Allowance that some people were eligible for.

Claimants currently receiving nine months’ protection as a result of this legislation change will no longer do so from January 1.

If you are under 35, single and receiving benefit towards renting a one-bedroom property you will only receive financial assistance towards renting a room in a shared house.

The maximum rate of housing benefit will also be limited to the rate for a four-bedroom property.

Claimants will be notified of their new entitlements by South Holland District Council when their annual review is due.

If these changes mean you are no longer able to meet your rent payment, contact the Housing Benefit team on 01775 761161 to see how these changes will affect you.