Housing Benefit is changing from 1 January 2012 for single people in privately rented accommodation
If you are single, aged under 35 and living in self contained privately rented accommodation your housing benefit will change to the shared accommodation rate (exceptions apply). This means that the amount of housing benefit you receive will go down.
If you are a private landlord and your tenant receives housing benefit and you receive direct payment for them then your payments will reduce.
If you claimed housing benefit before April 2011, changes have been made to Local Housing Allowance. Your claim has been protected for 9 months from the annual review date of your claim. This means that from January 2012 onwards your benefit may change. We previously wrote to customers to advise of this change.
For more information and details of when your benefit will reduce call (01482) 394799 or call into your local customer service centre. Further information is available at Direct Gov:
Direct Gov (external website)