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Advice, Benefits and Council Tax

Changes in your circumstances

If you are getting Housing Benefit and / or Council Tax Reduction, you must tell us immediately about any changes in your circumstances. If you don't, and you are paid too much benefit / reduction, you may have to pay it back.

Changes to the money that comes in to your household

You must tell us if:

  • any member of your household stop or start getting any income (for example, wages, benefits, pensions, allowance)
  • the income of any member of you household increases or decreases

Changes in your home

You must tell us if:

  • you move house or flat
  • the number of people who live in your home changes (for example, you have a baby, or a non-dependant moves in or out)
  • a partner comes to live with you
  • a partner leaves
  • any member of your household goes in to hospital or goes abroad either permanently or temporarily.

Other changes

You must tell us if:

  • the amount of savings or capital you have changes
  • your rent increases or decreases
  • any member of your household becomes a student or stops being a student.

You have one month to tell us about any changes.

If you do not report a change within one month and the change would have increased your entitlement to benefit, we will only be able to pay you the additional benefit from the Monday following the date you tell us.

If the change would decrease your entitlement to benefit, we will go back to the effective date of change, regardless of how long ago the change took place.

Please report your changes to us on time. It will prevent overpayments and enable us to check that you are always getting as much benefit as you are entitled to.

You must tell Bradford Council Revenues and Benefits Service about any change in circumstances in writing.

We will need to see actual original proof of any changes in income, capital or rent. We realise that you may not have evidence of the change as soon as it happens but you should always tell us about it straight away and provide the evidence as soon as you can.

To report a change in your circumstances please email us at benefits@bradford.gov.uk .

Or you can put it in writing and send it to us:

Revenues & Benefits Service
Benefits Team
Britannia House
Hall Ings
Bradford
BD1 1HX

Or visit one of our offices.

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