Benefits and Reductions
Housing Benefit is a means tested benefit administered by Teignbridge District Council on behalf of the Department for Work and Pensions. Council Tax Reduction (also known as Council Tax Support) is the local scheme adopted by Teignbridge to provide a means tested reduction to council tax bills for people who have a low income.
Who can apply for Council Tax Support?
Anyone who is responsible for paying Council Tax for the property they live in i.e.: the person, or their partner, named on the bill. Council Tax Support is based on personal circumstances, income and capital.
We are proposing to make changes to the scheme from April 2017, for further information please see Changes to Council Tax Reduction Scheme and Housing Benefit Scheme.
For other reductions, exemptions or discounts go to Discounts and Exemptions
Who can apply for Housing Benefit?
Anyone who pays rent. This could be as a private tenant, Council tenant, Housing Association tenant, sub-tenant or lodger.
Who can apply for Discretionary Housing Payment (DHP)
If you are getting Housing Benefit or the housing element of Universal Credit but still cannot pay all of your rent you may be able to get extra help. Please see Discretionary Housing Payments (DHP).
Popular pages in this section
- Applying for Housing Benefit or Council Tax Support
For a rough calculation of your Housing Benefit, Council Tax Support or Local Housing Allowance Benefit entitlement
Changes in Circumstances
If you get Housing Benefit or Council Tax Support you must tell Teignbridge Benefits Services immediately if you or the people who live with you have any change in circumstance - this will include moving home or someone moving in or out of your address.
- Disagreeing with a decision?
Local Housing Allowance (LHA)
- Direct Payments to Landlords
- Working out your bedroom entitlement for LHA
- Local Housing Allowance Rates
Discretionary Housing Payments (DHP)
If you are getting Housing Benefit or Universal Credit which includes the housing element but still cannot pay all of your rent you may be able to get extra help.
Exceptional Hardship Policy (EHP)
What is an Exceptional Hardship Payment (EHP)?
Money Advice Service
The Money Advice Service is an independent service set up by the government to help people manage their money better.
- Housing Benefit - Overpayments
Information for Landlords
Private tenant landlords - If your tenant has claimed Housing Benefit to help with the payment of rent you should be aware of the following:-
In April 2013 the government introduced a 'cap' (a maximum limit) on the total amount of benefit that people can get.
Under Occupancy - social housing tenants
In April 2013 the Government introduced new size limit rules into Housing Benefit for working age people renting from a local authority, a registered housing association or other registered social landlord.
Local Council Tax Reduction Scheme
Council Tax Reduction which is also known as Council Tax Support can help you pay your Council Tax if you have a low income.
Report benefit fraud
Housing Benefit Fraud is investigated by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) Single Fraud Investigation Service. The Council remains responsible for the investigation of Council Tax discounts, exemptions and reduction. The Council and DWP work closely together and will exchange information.
- Contacting Housing Benefit and Council Tax Reduction
To visit any of the following sites, please click on the relevant link
Universal Credit is a new benefit for people of working age on a low income. Universal Credit is being introduced gradually across the country and is coming to Teignbridge on 9th November 2015. If you are single, newly out-of-work and living in Teignbridge you may be asked to claim Universal Credit instead of Jobseekers Allowance. Existing Benefit claimants: If you are already claiming benefit you do not need to do anything. You will be told when Universal Credit will affect you.
Changes to Council Tax Reduction Scheme and Housing Benefit Scheme
From 1 April 2017, there will be changes to the benefit schemes including our Council Tax Reduction Scheme. This is to bring it in line with Housing Benefit and Universal Credit. None of these changes will affect pensioners.