What benefits are you entitled to?
Havebury provides a welfare and benefits advice service that has a dedicated Rent Advisor providing assistance to its tenants and leaseholders.
The service offers free, specialist and impartial advice on welfare and benefit issues. Havebury also offers support in helping tenants and leaseholders to maximise their income by completing benefit checks and providing assistance in completing benefit application forms.
The specialist advisor has been successful in claiming benefits such as Attendance Allowance, Pension Credit, Attendance Allowance and Carers Allowance to help maximise tenant’s weekly income.
They have also had successes in helping tenants claiming backdating housing and council tax benefit for periods when a tenant was entitled to the benefits but didn’t have a valid claim in.
They are also involved in helping tenants resolve complex housing benefit issues that have helped to prevent possession proceedings.
The specialist advisor can visit you at your home to provide you the advice and assistance that you need and liaise with other organisations to try and maximise your income.
Have a look at the Frequently Asked Questions below which cover issues surrounding debt, benefits and changes to your circumstances. You might find that there is help out there for you.
Warm Home Discount Scheme
If you are on a low income, you may qualify for the Warm Home Discount Scheme. This gives a rebate to pensioners on low incomes and some other customers on low incomes. The rebate is £135 on your electricity bill for winter 2013 -2014. The Warm Home Discount Scheme will run each winter until 2014/15. To find out more visit the Citizens Advice Bureau advice guide page or Paul Lewis Money.
Havebury offer a service of Benefit checks and help with applications for all tenants. Many pensioners in particular are unaware of their entitlements to Housing and Council Tax Benefit. As a rough guide to those with less than £16000 we would recommend a check for single pensioners with less than £270 per week coming in or couples with less than £360 per week.
Pensioners who claim DLA or Attendance Allowance could have even greater income and still qualify.Some pensioners receive full Housing and Council Tax Benefit but do not claim a Pension Credit top-up to their income and we can also help with Pension Credit claims.
Many single males between 61 and 65 or couples with an oldest partner between those ages on a low income miss out on entitlement to Pension Credit or Housing and Council Tax Benefit, unaware of the higher amounts allowable in this age bracket before income is taken fully into consideration.
Finally, there are some occasions where tenants may have circumstances of low state retirement pensions but over £16000 and they could still be entitled to Pension Credit and Housing and Council Tax Benefit, particularly where DLA or Attendance Allowance is claimed.
Please do not hesitate to contact the Welfare and Benefits Advice team on 01284 722120 for advice and support today.