Unemployed tenants wrongly losing housing benefit

Councils have been unintentionaly stopping housing benefit for unemployed tenants who have been sanctioned, but are still entitled to help with their rent.

Jobseeker’s allowance and employment support allowance claimants can have sanctions applied to their claims if they miss appointments or fail to do enough to find work. But many are also having their housing benefit cut, because they are unaware that they need to tell councils their financial circumstances have changed. Local authorities are stopping claims as a result.

FUll details are in the article below. If you think you might have ended up in rent arrears as a result of this, please contact the Centre and we will help to sort the problem out for you.

http://www.insidehousing.co.uk/finance/%C3%A2%C2%80%C2%98unintended%C3%A2%C2%80%C2%99-housing-benefit-cuts-hit-tenants/7001667.article?dm_i=1HH2,24417,7UN0E3,7MOB7,1

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