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Single and under 35

Changes to Housing Benefit for social housing tenants

From April 2019, Housing Benefit for social tenants will be capped at the Local Housing Allowance rate (the amount you get if you rent privately).

The cap will apply to council and housing association tenancies signed on or after April 2016 (including mutual exchanges).

The new cap will include the ‘shared accommodation rate’ - the level of Local Housing Allowance that applies to single people who are under 35 and don't have dependent children.

The ‘shared accommodation rate’ will not apply to people living in supported housing.

How could this affect me?

If you sign a new tenancy or mutual exchange from April 2016 onwards, the amount of Housing Benefit that you get from April 2019 could be restricted.

This change could have a big impact on your budget and your ability to pay the rent.

Click here to find out more about the Shared accommodation rate for under 35s.