Universal Credit is now available in the Maidstone Borough Council area.
Housing Benefit rules have changed if you're working age (18 to 65) and would like help with your rent costs.
You can no longer claim housing benefit from the council unless you're:
In all other cases you will have to claim help with your rent costs as part of a Universal Credit claim with the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).
The online form will also work out if you're entitled to Council Tax Support.
You need to send evidence in with your claim. If you do not have all the evidence you can send the form in first and then send the rest of the evidence later.
If you're making a new claim for Jobseeker's Allowance, Income Support or Employment and Support Allowance through the Jobcentre, they will take all the details for your housing benefit and pass them on to us - you do not need to make a separate claim.
Local Authorities have been given the power to recover overpaid Housing Benefit by taking deductions from your earnings without the need to apply for a court order. This is known as a direct earnings attachment (DEA), if you want to find out more about DEA's view our guides below.
You have a legal obligation unless you are a new business. In such cases you are not obliged to operate a DEA although you may do so.
If you fail to comply with your duties, you could be subject, on conviction, to a fine of up to £1000.
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