Change of Circumstances
If you are moving you can let us know online - you will need to click on the 'Report a change of address' form which can be found in the Online Services section of our website.
Other Changes of Circumstance
You must tell us if your circumstances change within one month of it happening. This also includes any change in circumstances of the people that live with you. If you don't tell us about any changes within one month then any increase to your benefit entitlement will be applied from the date you tell us (rather than the date the change happened).
A change could affect the amount of benefit you get paid. If you don't tell us about a change and you receive a benefit overpayment as a result, you will be responsible for paying it back, you could also face prosecution.
Some changes that may affect your claim could include:
- Changes to your income (any wages, savings or a pension)
- Changes to any other benefit you receive such as tax credits
- Changes in the amount of rent you pay
- Someone moves in or out of your property
You or a person in your household is temporarily absent from your home
- The birth of a child, a child leaving home or any childcare costs
You can tell us about a change in circumstances in the Online Services section.
Temporary Absence from your home
If you, or someone living in your home, are absent within Great Britain, you may continue to qualify for Housing Benefit for up to 13 weeks under certain circumstances.
If you, or someone living in your home, are absent abroad, you may continue to qualify for Housing Benefit for 4 weeks under certain circumstances.
There are some certain circumstances in which this period can be extended. It is important you notify us of any temporary absence from your home.
Payments of Housing Benefit are awarded to you continuously so that you don't need to fill in any renewal forms. We ensure our information is up to date using the following methods:
- Cross checks with the Department for Work and Pensions and HM Revenue &Customs
- Visits to customers in their homes
- Checking details with customers by phone
You must still let us know of any changes in your circumstances – it could affect your benefit entitlement.
Continuous Universal Credit and Council Tax Reduction
Your Council Tax Reduction is assessed based on your award of Universal Credit. This means that during an award of Universal Credit your award of Council Tax Reduction may increase, decrease or end.
If your Council Tax Reduction reduces to nil but you remain entitled to continuous Universal Credit and have a change in your circumstances which means you may qualify for Council Tax Reduction again, you should notify us using our 'Reopen Council Tax Reduction (Universal Credit Claimants only) form' by clicking on the council logo below to enable us to review your entitlement.