Changes to housing benefit payments

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Changes to the housing benefit system across England will mean that some people who are in receipt of housing benefits could receive less money.

As of April 2013, people who live in housing association rented accommodation and have more bedrooms than are needed for the number of people at the address will receive a reduced housing benefit payment.

Those with a single spare bedroom will have their housing benefits reduced by 14 per cent of the rent payable on the property, and those with two or more spare bedrooms will see a reduction of 25 per cent.

As a result of this, residents will have to make up the shortfall in rent themselves.

However, these changes will not impact those that live in a one bed apartment or bedsit or those of the age to claim pension credits.

Residents of working age who have a disability and need a spare bedroom so that a non-resident carer can stay overnight should contact the housing benefit helpline on 01507 609333 or the Citizens Advice Bureau on 08444 994199