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Housing benefit changes from 1 April 2011: The end of the 'excess payment'

The Government have decided to change the law when it comes to claiming housing benefit. There are several changes which will happen over time.

If you were claiming local housing allowance (LHA) before 1st April 2011, and your rent was cheaper than the LHA rate paid to you, you were allowed to keep the difference up to £15 a week.

This difference was referred to as the 'excess payment'. The 'excess payment' has now stopped.

From 1 April there will be a limit to the maximum local housing allowance which will be set at the level of your rent if your rent is lower than the local housing allowance rate.

I am currently receiving the excess housing benefit payments, what will happen to this?

If you are currently claiming housing benefit and you are receiving an excess payment this will end on the anniversary of your claim, or sooner if your circumstances change.



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