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Housing benefit changing for under 35s?

tantan Member Posts: 6 Listener
Had anyone hard about this new benefit thing for under 35s changing? Something about April under 35s might meet the short fall and not get it 

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  • MikeBroderickMikeBroderick Member Posts: 234 Courageous
    Hi @tan. Thanks for posting. Can you provide a bit more detail about what you heard? Do you know where you heard it? Did you read about it in a newspaper for example? Thanks.
  • GeoarkGeoark Community champion, Scope Volunteer Posts: 1,316 Disability Gamechanger

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  • NystagmiteNystagmite Member Posts: 609 Pioneering
    That link states nothing new. It was up until a few years ago, that you could get the one bedroom rate rate at 25, which they then changed.
  • tantan Member Posts: 6 Listener
    edited June 2017
    I saw it on gov. Com but I don't no if I got it confused with private renting it didn't really make it very clear and I could not find a lot of information on it all I found is it will come in April but I don't no if it the April that gone or next April my best choice I would be asking. Gateway to home choice as they did mention something on their site about it 
  • GeoarkGeoark Community champion, Scope Volunteer Posts: 1,316 Disability Gamechanger
    @tan in general if your landlord is not the local council or housing association then it will most likely be private renting. Even with some councils and housing associations there will be private rented properties in their portfolio, though rents are usually a lot higher and more in line with the local private rent market.

    The change came in April 2017, I could be wrong, but it is in effect now.

    Unless there is a change in policy the same/similar rules will apply to social housing on April 1st 2018.

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  • Sam_ScopeSam_Scope Member Posts: 7,732 Disability Gamechanger
    @Debbie_Scope do you know anything about this?
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  • GeoarkGeoark Community champion, Scope Volunteer Posts: 1,316 Disability Gamechanger

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  • Debbie_ScopeDebbie_Scope Member Posts: 947 Pioneering
    edited August 2017
    Hi all,

    This research briefing might help explain things in more depth.

    "The Shared Accommodation Rate (SAR, previously the Shared Room Rate) was introduced in 1996 and originally limited the Housing Benefit that a single person under the age of 25 living in the private rented sector could receive to the average rent level charged for a room in a shared house. With effect from January 2012 the SAR was extended to cover single claimants up to age 35. The move to apply LHA rates to Housing Benefit claimants living in the social rented sector means that the SAR will also apply to council and housing association tenants under the age of 35 from April 2019 if they are in receipt of Universal Credit, or if their tenancy began or was renewed after April 2016. The SAR will not apply to under-35s living in supported housing."

    It's as @nystagmite and @geoark have said above, the rules have been around for under 35's in the private sector for a while and those rules will be extended to social housing from next year. Unless there's a policy change.

    Turn2us has a great Benefit Changes timetable and this can be really helpful finding out when a benefit changed or is going to change. 

    I hope this has helped @tan ?

    Have a good day everyone

    Debbie
  • tantan Member Posts: 6 Listener
    Thank you it has helped I think this is what I got confused about :
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