Please take note of the following information concerning the benefit calculator:
Please return the application form to Spelthorne Borough Council.
Please fill in every question that applies to you. If it does not apply then cross through or mark N/A.
Remember - you must read and sign the declaration, then send the form back as soon as possible otherwise you may lose some of your benefit/support if you apply too late.
This is made up of any payments you receive, some are included in the list below:
For every £250 you have saved between £6,000 and £16,000 (£500 for pensioners who have saved between £10,000 and £16,000) the Council will add £1 to your weekly income figure (rather than taking into account the actual interest you receive). Make sure you remember this when working out your income. Anyone who has over £16,000 cannot make a claim for benefit.
The term 'savings' is used to cover the capital, savings, property and investments you have. When working out the total value of your savings you should include:
Please remember that benefits for couples (people who are married or co-inhabiting) are worked out using joint income and savings.
We will check your claim to make sure we have all the necessary information and then calculate your benefit, if we need any further information we will write to you:
Your housing benefit will be paid either to you or your landlord within 14 days of receiving your completed claim. You will also receive a letter notifying you of these facts:
Please read the letter carefully and check the amounts used in the calculation.
You should notify us within one calendar month and we will reassess your benefit.
Benefit is paid by BACS (directly into your bank account) every two weeks (in arrears) or to your landlord every four weeks in arrears.
If you want to know more details about how your benefit has been worked out, you can contact the Housing Benefits Office and request a written explanation.
If you think we have made a mistake working out your Housing Benefit (for example, something missed out, wrong income/rent used or wrong date used for starting your benefit), please let the Housing Benefits Office know without delay and ask for your claim to be looked at again. It will help if you can say why you disagree. You should contact us within one calendar month of being informed about your benefit. We will then let you know in writing whether your Housing Benefit can be changed or not.
If you still disagree after your claim has been looked at again, you can ask for a further independent review. This request has to be in writing and you must say why you disagree. You need to do this within one calendar month of being informed about whether your benefit can be changed or not.
If you still unhappy with the decision you will then be referred to the Appeals Tribunal which is independent of the Local Authority.
Benefit will not normally be available to full-time students unless they receive income support or they are a lone parent, a pensioner, classed as disabled, or aged under 19 and not in higher education. They may also get benefit if their partner is a student and they are responsible for a child. Part-time students and couples where only one is a student can claim benefit.
Documentary proof of benefit is a direct notification statement from the DWP.
You must provide documentary proof of all your income and savings and those of any partners.
If you pay rent to a private landlord or housing association, you must also provide documentary proof of your rent liability and rent payments.
If you have other adults living in your home you should provide documentary proof of their weekly income before deductions, if this is not provided you may receive less benefit than you could.
You need to enclose documentary proof of:
If you require further information or help on Council Tax Support or Housing Benefit please contact the Housing Benefits Office.