If you are living on a low income or claiming Benefits, you may be able to get housing benefit or local housing allowance (LHA) to help pay the rent on your home.
However, from April 2013, two major changes to the benefits system could reduce the amount of housing benefit you get, called the Bedroom Tax and Benefit Cap.
At the Portland Centre we can help you with all of the following issues:
- What can housing benefit be used to pay for?
- Who can get housing benefit?
- How do you claim housing benefit?
- When you should claim housing benefit?
- Worried about the forms ? Don't be – we will help you
- How often is housing benefit paid?
- Who will the housing benefit be paid to?
- Will housing benefit cover all your rent?
- How changes in circumstances can affect your housing benefit
- What does the Bedroom Tax and Benefit Cap mean?
This is how the Portland Centre can help you
- A Portland Centre staff member will listen to your needs and discuss your options
- If necessary we will seek specialist housing advice
- We will accompany you to meetings and appointments to the Housing Benefits Office
It is our promise that if you come into the Portland Centre feeling worried, anxious or confused about Housing Benefit payments, you will feel much better even after your first contact with us, because we WILL do everything we can to help you.
If you need help, information or advice on any matter including housing benefit, just call us on 01305 824333 or e-mail us using our contact form or pop in to see a Portland Centre staff member to receive immediate assistance and access our free, independent 'Care Home' guide, which includes a checklist of what you should be looking for in a Care Home.