If you are on a low income or social benefits then you may be able to obtain help toward payment of the rent or council tax for your home. Even if you are working you may qualify for some assistance.
The government has made a number of key changes to the way benefits will work, which started from April 2013.
The benefits cap is a limit that has been set on the maximum amount of benefit that some working age people can receive. These changes are due to take effect from July 2013.
Under occupation is where the government believes you are living in a property that is bigger than you need.
The government has abolished Council Tax Benefit. In its place we have developed our own local council tax reduction scheme, called the council tax support scheme. However, the amount of funding available to councils has been cut.
Universal Credit is slowly being rolled out, Preston became part of the national rollout from Monday 14 July 2014. It is expected everyone will be transferred over to the new benefit by 2020.
The Council has people ready to help anyone affected by Universal Credit and to prepare for the changes. If you would like to talk to them about help please contact our Contact Centre on 01772 906900 or the Welfare Benefits Team on 01772 906363 who can give advice.
For more information about Universal Credit please see the attached guide on this page.
If you have any queries the Welfare Benefits Advice Centre is available to help with benefit and debt advice. You may also find their Brief guide to benefits section useful.
If you require help with something in this section, please contact us.
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