Housing benefit and council tax support

Abolition of the family premium

From 1 May 2016 the family premium will no longer be awarded as part of the applicable amount. This means that the amount of money that the government determines that your household needs to live on will no longer include an amount for having dependent children. This will reduce the level of income at which maximum housing benefit can be paid. (If you are in receipt of a passported benefit such as income support, income based jobseekers allowance, income related employment and support allowance or guaranteed pension credit, then full housing benefit entitlement, subject to usual deductions, will continue).

If you are already in receipt of housing benefit on 30 April 2016, and you are responsible for a child or young person then this change will not affect your claim until you have a break in your claim or you cease to be responsible for a child or young person.

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