Housing Benefit and Council Tax Support

COVID-19 Information

As part of its response to COVID-19, the Government has announced a package of measures to help existing and new Housing Benefit claimants.

The main changes are as follows:

  1. The LHA rates that were issued for the coming financial year have been increased please follow this link to see the new rates LHA Rates 20/21. There may only be an increase to you Housing Benefit if the rent you are charged is greater than the previous LHA rate.
  2. The additional earnings disregard has been increased from £17.10 to £37.10 to offset certain increases to tax credits. There may only be an increase to your benefit if you are entitled to the additional earnings disregard and your Housing Benefit entitlement is less than the maximum amount of Housing Benefit you could receive.
  3. Easement of verifying proofs

There is no need to make a claim or request the increases to the LHA rates and the additional earnings disregards. Hyndburn council are currently working towards making these awards to those entitled and will send notices once the awards have been made.