With living costs rising and many people finding paying bills increasingly difficult, it’s important to maximise money and ensure rent is paid each month.
Many people who work are missing out on Housing Benefit that they’re entitled to – does this include you?
The Department for Work and Pensions have highlighted that in 2014/15 around 880,000 working families did not claim the Housing Benefit they were entitled to. Many families that did not claim their entitlement lost out on an average of £3,000 for the year.
Housing Benefit is one of the benefits being replaced by Universal Credit, so you may have to claim Universal Credit instead, depending on your circumstances and where you live.
However, even if you are on a low income and in receipt of Universal Credit, you could still be entitled to some money towards help with your rent payment.
You can check how much Housing Benefit or Universal Credit you are entitled to using the Turn2Us benefits calculator - http://benefits-calculator.turn2us.org.uk/AboutYou
If you’re struggling to pay your rent please contact LMH Connect on 0800 678 1894 and ask to speak to a member of the Income Services Team.
LMH’s charity, ComMutual, provides help and support to tenants and the community through key areas; Employment, Go Digital, Health and Wellbeing and Money Matters. Take a look through the website to see if you could benefit from the services available www.commutual.org.uk