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.

Tell us about a change

You can avoid an overpayment if you know a change is going to take place by telling us before it happens or 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.

Examples of changes you must tell us about:

  • 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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