My first port of call was citizens advice bureau they offered some great advice. They’ll help break everything down for you. They’ll give you a sheet to fill in for a water discount, which I never knew yku could get.
Hi i have a 3 bed place, the garage was made into a room, which is part utility, i would say and the other half is child’s room. sounds odd, but it works for us for now, just the back half has cupboards in it so the whole family literally have to walk in to get shoes/coats/washing! When form filling what do i or should i class my place as 3 bed, or 4? 2 girls and 1 boy so girls could share if need be. dont want to get it wrong.
Does anyone know how long housing benefit take to kick in, and taxcredits, some places says 10 day to 4 weeks. or does it depend from area to area. Thanks
Hi You are in a 3 bed place, the odd room is a garage.
You sound like you are in a rented property.
housing benefit only pay a certain maximum amount for each property.
Housing benefit are usually helpful and if you phone them they will tell you how many bedrooms you are entitled to IE a two or three bedroom property, this will depend on the age of your three children.
Benefits have a cap on the amounts paid for rent and each area is different, so you need to know if there is going to be a shortfall in your monthly payment from them as you will have to top that up from the small amount you have left to live on !
Another essential tip is never ever be late for appointments they make for you to get back to work as I heard even 5 mins late they can stop your benefit for up to 6 weeks so dont ever risk it. If you have little ones under 5 I dont think you have this problem.