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Change in circumstances

If you are currently claiming Housing Benefit and/or Council Tax Support you must tell us of any change in the personal or financial circumstances of you or any person within your household. You should notify us using our online portal - Burnley Benefits Online

 

Examples of the types of changes that will affect your entitlement to benefit:

  • Changes in the type or amount of income for anyone in your household, this includes earnings, pensions and state benefits
  • Changes in the amount of savings that you have
  • If you stop getting Income Support/Job seekers allowance
  • If you move house or room
  • If someone leaves or comes to live with you
  • If you have a child that leaves school
  • If you are a private tenant and rent is increased or reduced
  • Anything else that could affect your benefit

If you are in any doubt about what changes need to be reported please contact us on 01282 425011

Failure to report any changes that you are aware of that may affect entitlement and could lead to prosecution.

Help if you are starting work 

Extended payments are payments of housing benefit made for the first four weeks when a claimant starts work or increases their hours or wages and they are no longer entitled to Income Support (IS), Jobseekers Allowance (JSA) or Employment & Support Allowance ESA). The aim is to help claimants make the transition to work.

To be eligible for an extended payment:

  • A claimant or partner must be receiving IS/JSA/ESA which ends as result of them starting work or increasing their hours or wages and
  • The claimant or partner must have been in receipt of IS/JSA/ESA continuously for the previous 26 weeks and
  • The new job or increase in hours/wages is expected to last for at least 5 weeks and
  • The claimant or partner remains liable for rent 

(We use partner to mean a person you are married to or a person you are living with as if you are married to them)

How to apply for an extended payment

To apply for an extended payment you do not need to complete a form, simply notify us within 4 weeks that:

  • you are starting work
  • that your entitlement to IS/JSA/ESA is ceasing
  • that your job is expected to last at least 5 weeks and
  • that you will remain liable for rent 

We will then decide whether you are eligible. You can notify us via telephone or in person but as with any change in circumstances you should notify us immediately in writing.

 

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