Families on low incomes are being advised to check if they can now get housing benefit to help with their rent or a reduction in council tax.
A recent change in the rules means some families will now qualify even if they didn’t before. This is because income from child benefit is now ignored in the calculations. From November 2nd, many families on low wages will now be entitled to extra money.
Families who already get housing benefit or council tax benefit will get the increase automatically. But there is no plan to inform those who will now qualify.
More over-60s will also now qualify for benefit, even with up to £16,000 in savings.
To claim, ring the Council’s benefits service on 273 6777. For more advice, ring Sheffield Law Centre on 273 1888, Pitsmoor CAB on 275 5376 or Pakistan Advice Centre on 261 9130.