The reason for each person’s notice can be found next to Reason for Calculation
If the reason says Annual Uprating, this just means there has been a change to your benefits due to the Government’s annual review of benefits and allowances.
There may be other reasons relating to a change in your circumstances which will mean a decision notice is sent to you.
We will pay the amount on the ‘Benefit payable’ line.
We cannot tell you how much rent you pay – that is for your landlord to do.
Generally, you need to pay the rent your landlord charges, minus the benefit we pay you. For example:
But you may have to pay extra if you are in arrears. Also we pay benefits every two weeks or every four weeks, but your rent agreement may cover different periods. Only your landlord knows your particular circumstances.
A non-dependant is someone over 18 who normally lives with you but doesn’t pay rent. This could be a friend or member of the family such as grown up children or parents living with you.
We take a fixed amount from your Housing Benefit and/or give you a smaller Council Tax reduction based on the weekly income, before tax, of your non-dependants.
We make these deductions whether the non-dependant contributes to your household or not.
Housing Benefit will usually be paid directly into a bank account by an electronic system called BACS. In some circumstances we may make payments by a cheque.
In most cases, if you rent your property from a private landlord, Housing Benefit is paid to you.
In some cases we make payments direct to your landlord and your decision notice will say Direct to [Landlords name]
Housing Benefit is paid either every two weeks or every four weeks. Payments are made in arrears which mean that payments cover the previous two or four weeks.
An applicable amount is the minimum weekly amount of money the Government says that you and your family need to have a basic standard of living. The applicable amount will depend on your age, circumstances and who is in your household
This is part of your weekly income that we do not count when we are calculating your Housing Benefit and/or Council Tax Reduction.