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Housing Benefit overpayments and Council Tax Support reductions

The amount of benefit you get to help you pay your rent and Council Tax depends on what you tell us when you make your claim. If your circumstances change then your Housing Benefit and Council Tax Support may change too.

It is your responsibility to tell us about any change in your circumstances. If your circumstances change, and you do not tell us straight away, we may pay you too much Housing Benefit than what you're entitled to, and this is called an overpayment.

You can avoid an overpayment if you know a change is going to take place by telling us in writing before it happens or tell us as soon as the change happens.

If you do not tell us about a change in your circumstances and we pay you too much Housing Benefit and Council Tax Support, we will ask you to pay the money back.

Some examples of changes you must tell us about are:
  • You or your partner's wages go up or down
  • You or your partner start working or change jobs
  • Any state benefits that you or your partner receive change or stop
  • You or your partner start to receive a state benefit
  • Anyone moves into or out of your home
  • The circumstances of anyone living with you changes
  • You or your partner's private pension goes up or down
  • You or your partner's savings go up or down
  • You or your partner have any other change which may affect your benefit
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What happens if I have been paid too much Housng Benefit?

If you have been paid too much Housing Benefit we will write and tell you:

  • that there has been an overpayment of benefit
  • the reason for the overpayment
  • the amount of benefit you have been overpaid
  • how we worked out the overpayment
  • how we will recover the overpayment

How can I pay back the overpayment?

If you are still getting Housing Benefit we may take an amount from your future Housing Benefit payments to claim back the money you have been overpaid. We will write and tell you before we do this and we will tell you how much we are going to take. If you are experiencing financial hardship and want to repay the overpayment at a reduced amount please contact the recovery section on telephone 0113 247 6666. Alternatively, you can email the recovery section on HB.Recovery@leeds.gov.uk or write to us at Leeds City Council, Revenues and Benefits Service, P.O. Box 60 Leeds, LS2 8JR

If you are no longer getting Housing Benefit you will receive a bill for the amount you have been overpaid. This will tell you how you can pay the money back. If you disagree with a Housing Benefit overpayment decision you can ask for it to be looked at again. You must ask us to look at the decision again, in writing within one calendar month of the date the letter was sent to you. For more information see the related page Disputes and Appeals. You can also find an appeals form with guidance notes in the Documents section of this page.

What if I have received too much Council Tax Support?

If you receive more Council Tax Support than you are entitled to, we will send you a new Council Tax bill with the reduced amount of Council Tax Support. If you disagree with a decision about your Council tax Support you can ask us to review the decision and we will look at our decision again within 2 months of your request.

What if I do not agree with the reduction in Council Tax Support?

If we have looked again at your case and you are still not happy you can appeal. For more information see the related page Disputes and Appeals. You can find an appeals form with guidance notes in the Documents section of this page.

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