More about Benefits and Welfare Reform
Benefit changes that may affect you and your claim
The council's benefit section provides a streamlined process for the assessing of new claims, which means that your entitlement to housing and/or council tax support can be calculated while you wait.
The Welfare Reform Act gives the Government the power to introduce new size criteria (also known as 'under-occupation penalty' or 'bedroom tax') for housing benefit claims in the social rented sector. The criteria will mean that any working-age household deemed to be under occupying their home will lose part of their housing benefit from April 2013.