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Eldest son is signed off work for a month and is only entitled to SSP at £79.15 a week.

 

Is he entitled to claim for Housing benefit for this period? Hes 20 and shares a house with a couple of mates, in a properly regulated private tenant agreement.

 

I've done the calculation on the Directgov website, but how would it work when it's for such a short time?


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Not sure, let me see if I can find out for you...


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Hi.

 

Housing benefit and council tax benefit is calculated on the income of the claimant. If he is liable for rent, and has a low income he can submit a claim, and they will make a decision on whether he is entitled. It will work pretty much the same way that it would work for any person receiving non means tested social security as their main or only source of income.

 

If he is awarded housing benefit/council tax benefit, and his circumstances change (for example he goes back to work/ his income increases) he needs to inform the local council which pays his benefit and they will do a fresh calculation based on his change of circumstances to decide if he is still entitled to a portion of housing benefit or if the change means that he is no longer entitled.


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