New regulations laid in Parliament as part of the Government's Welfare Reform Bill will have a significant effect for single people under 35 who rent from a private landlord.
If you're single, under 35, with no dependents and you rent from a private landlord and claim housing benefit, you'll receive housing benefit at the same rate as for a single room in a shared house. This is called the Shared Accommodation Rate (SAR).
The single room rent is based on the average rent in the area for a single room with shared facilities, such as a kitchen, bathroom, or living room.
The single room rent does not apply if:
You must make a claim as soon as possible, the claim is based on the date of application so delaying will reduce the benefit received and may lead to arrears.
You can claim Local Housing Allowance by contacting the Council.
If you receive Housing Benefit or Local Housing Allowance but are still having difficulty meeting your rent, you may be able to get extra help from the Discretionary Housing Payment Fund.