It is useful to be able to give a rough estimate- as soon as possible- of how much rent a claimant should be paying from the day they move in, or when they have a change in circumstances, and certainly as part of the arrears collection process.
And often claimants are not getting all the HB they are entitled to - either because the HB Office do not hold the correct information or due to mistakes in assessment or applying the rules.
How much Housing Benefit a claimant will receive depends on a number of factors:
- The Maximum that HB is allowed to cover.
- How much a claimant/family 'needs' to live on- the 'applicable amount'.
- How much the claimant /family already 'has' - ie income and savings.
- Whether their total 'welfare', including any HB awardis above the Benefit Cap.
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NOTE: Many people are not able to make a new claim Housing Benefit and need to make a claim for Universal Credit instead - click here for more details.