Backdating job seekers allowance
As the LHA is based on housing needs (rather than actual housing costs), the tenant can then decide if they want to rent a property where the rent is above or below than their LHA.Where the rent is more than their LHA, the tenant pays the difference between their assessed LHA and the actual rent.You will continue however to claim Council Tax Support with your District Council.You should claim HB, LHA or CTB as soon as you need to.LHA is the newest way of calculating Housing Benefit and is based on the area in which the customer lives and the number of bedrooms required.It ensures that tenants in similar circumstances in the same area receive the same amount of financial support for their housing costs.You may also claim as part of another claim for a separate government benefit, allowance or Pension Credit.For working age claimants – the introduction of Universal Credit will see the replacement of Housing Benefit with a Housing Cost Element payable within the Universal Credit.
As with Housing Benefit, CTS is a means tested entitlement and can be claimed where you are working full or part-time, self-employed, unemployed or retired.
All claimants have at least 8.5% of their annual council tax to pay but where this causes any budgeting problems you can contact the Benefits Section to see if additional discretionary help can be provided to reduce the amount you have to pay.
Such an award will be made to your council tax account From the CTS Discretionary Fund.
Complete your application form and return it with all the relevant original documents as soon as possible.
The claim form tells you exactly what you need to send us.When we have worked out your benefit we will send you a letter telling you about it.