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How much housing benefit would I be entitled to?

hollyrig123
hollyrig123 Member Posts: 4 Listener

i recieve the higher rate of pip dla i am 29 years old and am also on uc i have recently moved would i be entitled to housing benefit cost of 449 a month?
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  • janer1967
    janer1967 Member Posts: 12,760 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi there 

    Housing benefit doesn't exist for new claims anymore 

    You need to apply for housing element of uc go to report a change and select housing costs 

    I can't give the answer on if you will be entitled it depends on your circumstances 

    You will need to have a tenancy agreement and a.ount will depend in if you are in social housing or private rent 

    If social housing you full cost should be payable but if private rent you get the local housing authority rate for your circumstances 
    I have professional experience in HR within public,  private, and charity sectors.  If I can help I will 
  • hollyrig123
    hollyrig123 Member Posts: 4 Listener
    im in private rent currently unemployed due to health issues and i have applied on the uc account they are aware of my new address its just my anxiety worrying ro much
  • janer1967
    janer1967 Member Posts: 12,760 Disability Gamechanger
    Ok did you report your housing costs and details if so all you can do is wait 

    Did you not claim before when you started on uc ? 
    I have professional experience in HR within public,  private, and charity sectors.  If I can help I will 
  • OverlyAnxious
    OverlyAnxious Member Posts: 1,698 Disability Gamechanger
    You'll have to check the LHA (local housing allowance) in your area to see how much housing element you're entitled to.  It's different across the country.
  • calcotti
    calcotti Member Posts: 3,333 Disability Gamechanger
    im in private rent currently unemployed due to health issues and i have applied on the uc account they are aware of my new address its just my anxiety worrying ro much
    You need to do more than report a change of address. You need to report a change of circumstances in the housing section of your UC journal and give details of your new tenancy.
    You can find the applicable Local Housing Allowance rate for your postcode here Search for Local Housing Allowance rates by postcode or local authority : DirectGov - LHA Rates (voa.gov.uk)
    The help you get will be the lower of the applicable LHA rate or your actual rent.
    Information I post is for England unless otherwise stated. Rules may be different in other parts of UK.
  • lisathomas50
    lisathomas50 Member Posts: 4,695 Disability Gamechanger
    Universal credit pay  up to 450 of your rent you pay the rest 
  • chiarieds
    chiarieds Community Co-Production Group Posts: 11,005 Disability Gamechanger
    As OverlyAnxious has said, the LHA is different across the country, & calcotti has given a link for the poster to find out more @lisathomas50
  • [Deleted User]
    [Deleted User] Posts: 0 Pioneering
    Didn't realise you got that much on u/c.
    I don't get that on esa and pips!
  • lisathomas50
    lisathomas50 Member Posts: 4,695 Disability Gamechanger
  • janer1967
    janer1967 Member Posts: 12,760 Disability Gamechanger
    @lisathomas50 as above how much you get depends on local housing allowance and your age   your number of bedrooms allowed and so on  

    It isn't the same for everyone 

    Again please ensure you give factual information and check this before confusing people 
    I have professional experience in HR within public,  private, and charity sectors.  If I can help I will 
  • Cher_Inactive
    Cher_Inactive Posts: 4,414

    Scope community team

    edited May 12
    Hi @hollyrig123 and welcome to our community.  I hope you're settling into your new home.

    As you can see, the amount of UC housing element you are entitled to is dependent on multiple factors and we cannot offer any guarantees.  If you follow the link provided by @calcotti you'll find the local housing allowance based on your situation.  Plus, don't forget to report that change of circumstances in your UC journal's housing section.

    Please let us know if you have any other questions and good luck :)  

    Also, as not to confuse you: I've amended the title of your thread and moved it to 'What benefits am I entitled to?' incase others have similar questions in the future.  
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  • wilko
    wilko Member Posts: 2,429 Disability Gamechanger
    hello, the PIP benefits do not come into the financial calculations when applying for other benefits. When I was claiming ESA support group my full rent and council tax was paid. Now I am claiming state pension and my wife Carer’s allowance these are deducted from our Universal Credit award. We are private renting protected tenancy. As the 2.5% pension increase came into effect our UC award went down accordingly.
  • lisathomas50
    lisathomas50 Member Posts: 4,695 Disability Gamechanger
    @janer1967 private rent don't have bedroom tax universal credit can only pay up to 450.00 a month I didn't say everyone gets the same  that is the most they can pay if your rent goes above that with private rent they will only pay that amount 

    Example I live in a large three bedroom house on my own my rent was 500.00  amibth so I had to pay 50.00 and universal credit paid 450.00 my rent is now 550.00 so I now have to pay 100.00 a month and universal credit pay 450.00 because its all they can pay 

    My  friend lives in a bigger house  and has children and private rent she still only gets the maximum of 450.00 a month and has to pay the remaining herself 

    Private rent is different to council  
  • Ross_Scope
    Ross_Scope Posts: 5,389

    Scope community team

    edited May 14
    Hello @lisathomas50

    I hope you are well.

    I don't believe @janer1967 has mentioned the bedroom tax and her information was correct.

    There is no £450 a month limit to the housing element of Universal Credit. As has been explained throughout the thread the amount Universal Credit will pay for a private rental is based upon the Local Housing Allowance (LHA) for a person's household circumstances, which takes into account the number of bedrooms required, the age of the renter and other benefits, as well as the area they are in. For example the LHA in some areas such as London can reach way over £1000.

    As always, please ensure that all information you provide is accurate, especially when correcting other members, and try to back it up with sources whenever possible. 
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  • janer1967
    janer1967 Member Posts: 12,760 Disability Gamechanger
    edited May 14
    @lisathomas50

    I know private rent is different and doesn't involve bedroom tax and I never said it did , but your circumstances detetime the lha you are entitled to eg your age , number of occupants and other factors

    If you look up lha for your area it will show the different allowances

    It is a fixed amount for the area you live in and all areas are not the same so not everyone is £450 like yours is 

    There is not a limit payable on uc like you say it depends on the lha

    Areas with high rental costs would get more and low cost would get less 

    How could you expect the amount to be the same in all areas eg London against my town 

    Please before correcting me make sure your facts are correct 

    There is nothing wrong with correcting anything I put as we all get things wrong at times but if I am not sure of my facts I always say I'm not 100% certain 

    I have professional experience in HR within public,  private, and charity sectors.  If I can help I will 
  • Adrian_Scope
    Adrian_Scope Posts: 8,168

    Scope community team

    wilko said:
    hello, the PIP benefits do not come into the financial calculations when applying for other benefits. When I was claiming ESA support group my full rent and council tax was paid. Now I am claiming state pension and my wife Carer’s allowance these are deducted from our Universal Credit award. We are private renting protected tenancy. As the 2.5% pension increase came into effect our UC award went down accordingly.
    Hi @wilko. Interestingly PIP does come into the equation when looking at LHA. For example on UC a single person under 35 in a private rental would only receive the shared room rate towards their rent. Whereas if the same single person received daily living PIP it would entitle them to the 1 bedroom allowance which is often substantially higher. 
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  • hollyrig123
    hollyrig123 Member Posts: 4 Listener
    Its Its all sorted now thanks 
  • calcotti
    calcotti Member Posts: 3,333 Disability Gamechanger
    edited May 14
    wilko said:
    hello, the PIP benefits do not come into the financial calculations when applying for other benefits. When I was claiming ESA support group my full rent and council tax was paid. Now I am claiming state pension and my wife Carer’s allowance these are deducted from our Universal Credit award. We are private renting protected tenancy. As the 2.5% pension increase came into effect our UC award went down accordingly.
    Hi @wilko. Interestingly PIP does come into the equation when looking at LHA. For example on UC a single person under 35 in a private rental would only receive the shared room rate towards their rent. Whereas if the same single person received daily living PIP it would entitle them to the 1 bedroom allowance which is often substantially higher. 
    And of course If there are non dependants involved getting a relevant disability benefit (claimant or non dependant) means there’s will be no deduction for a housing costs contribution.
    Information I post is for England unless otherwise stated. Rules may be different in other parts of UK.
  • Caz_Alumni
    Caz_Alumni Scope alumni Posts: 624 Pioneering
    edited May 16
    @hollyrig123 Thanks for updating us. And glad to hear that you managed to get things sorted. :)



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  • wilko
    wilko Member Posts: 2,429 Disability Gamechanger
    @calcotti, thanks for that information, I am in an x tied house with a protected tenancy private rented more protection than normal private renters. 

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