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Sharp rise in court costs

Four-week benefits rules

If you are taken to court for late

or non-payment of rent, you have

to pay the £325 court fee. It is

another good reason to contact

us early and avoid legal action.

Most cases of rent arrears can be

resolved without the need for

court, but when this does happen,

we have no choice but to charge the

fee imposed by the Court.

The new rate is a 30% jump up

from the old fee of £250. So it pays

to stay away from court.

If you need to claim Housing

Benefit or already receive it and

your circumstances change, it

is vital to act quickly. You will

also need to make a fresh claim

if you are outside the UK for

more than four weeks.

New rules mean that local

councils can now only backdate

payments of Housing Benefit

for a maximum of four weeks.

So, if you delay claiming or

notifying the council of a change

for longer than this, you may

lose out.

If you leave the country for an

extended period, your

Universal Credit or Housing

Benefit will end after four weeks

and you will need to make a new

claim when you return.

The single payment merges

together and replaces several

previously separate payments

and tax credits (including

Job Seekers Allowance,

Income Support and Housing

Benefit). The new

arrangements also cover

Employment Support

Allowance, Working Tax Credit,

and Child Tax Credit.

From November 2016, all new

claims or changes of

circumstances for working

age people in the Daventry,

Harborough, and Melton local

authority areas will move to

Universal Credit.

The phased launch of Universal Credit – the Government’s new

all-in-one benefit for working age people - is affecting more and

more people across the whole emh homes area.

Universal Credit phased in

This tighter Benefits Cap set by

the Government reduces the

annual amount from its current

level of £23,000, so if you

currently receive more than

£257.69 per week in benefits

as a single person, or £385 per

week as a parent (with or without

a partner), your income will be

From autumn 2016, the total amount of welfare benefits a working

age household can receive will be limited to £20,000 per year.

What is the benifit cap?

The benefits cap ensures people do not

receive more benefits than the average household earns.

New £20,000 Benefits Cap

Universal Credit is paid monthly

in arrears to a nominated

person in each household, who

is then responsible for making

sure that the housing element is

used to pay for rent and

service charges.

reduced to this maximum

amount.

We are working closely with the

Department of Work and

Pensions and local councils to

support customers affected by

this change.

All payments

will

be made

monthly

If you have any queries or

concerns about benefits

or any other money matter,

please contact our Income

Team on:

T. 0300 123 6000

E.

enquiries@emhhomes. org.uk

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Two adults

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£500

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One adult

with two children

£500

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Two adults

£500

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One adult

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