Tenant's Toolkit

Universal Credit - Housing Benefit

From September 2018 all Job Centres across the UK will be using Universal Credit. Bromley is due to go to full service Universal Credit by July 2018

Universal Credit is a single monthly payment for people in or out of work.

It replaces some of the benefits and tax credits that you might be getting now:

  • Housing benefit
  • Child Tax Credit
  • Income support
  • Working Tax Credit
  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance

The following video gives an overview of Universal Credit. Changes and additions are being made as the system is rolled out and will continue to be made over time, but the general service will remain the same.

Local Housing Allowance

If you rent from a private landlord, your benefit will be calculated using Local Housing Allowance rates.

Follow this link to see the current rates for Bromley.

Applying for Housing Benefit

Housing benefit can make a significant contribution towards your rent.

You can claim housing benefit if you pay rent to the council, housing association or a private landlord.

You cannot claim housing benefit if you live with, or have to pay rent to a close relative such as a parent, step-parent, son, daughter, stepson, stepdaughter or their partners.

When you claim housing benefit the council will work out your entitlement.

The council takes into account your rent, income, any savings you may have, how much you need to live on, the number of people in your house and their ages, if anyone is sick or disabled or if anyone is a full-time carer.

You can use online benefit calculators to get an an indication of how much support you may receive, how to claim, and how your benefits will be affected if you start work.

  • Citizens Advice Bromley - for information on income-related benefits, tax credits, Council Tax Reduction, Carer’s Allowance, Universal Credit. You can also call on 0300 3309 039
  • Turn2us - for information on income-related benefits, tax credits, Council Tax Reduction, Carer’s Allowance, Universal Credit and how your benefits will be affected if you start work or change your working hours
  • Policy in Practice - for information on income-related benefits, tax credits, contribution-based benefits, Council Tax Reduction, Carer’s Allowance, Universal Credit, how these are calculated and how your benefits will be affected if you start work or change your working hours
  • entitledto - for information on income-related benefits, tax credits, contribution-based benefits, Council Tax Reduction, Carer’s Allowance, Universal Credit and how your benefits will be affected if you start work

Claims can be submitted 13 weeks before moving in, or 17 weeks for those aged 60 and over.

What happens if you move?

If you are receiving Housing Benefit you must notify Bromley council if you are moving within or out of the borough. Once they receive details, they will suspend benefit payments at your old address. If your new address is within the borough they will send you another form which requests further information relating to your new rental liability at your new address if it is within the borough.