Evidence required for changes to your housing benefits claim

Changes to your address, rent or who to pay
 

Moving out of borough/ within the borough; complete the change of address form.

Evidence for changes to people and household required
Nature of change Evidence required for housing benefit claim / joint housing benefit and council tax support claim
 Moving out of borough Complete change of address form
Moving within the borough Complete change of address form
You will also need to provide:
Tenancy agreement for new home - start date, rent charges (breakdown of rent) or letter from landlord showing these details
Temporary moves  If there is any rent liability at the temporary address: proof of rent
 Change to rent Tenancy renewal agreement start date, gross rent and what is included or
Letter from landlord or
Rent proof document
Change to payee N/A

 

Evidence for changes to people and household
 Nature of change Evidence required for housing benefit claim/joint housing benefit and council tax support claim

Adult joining the household as partner

Claimant in receipt of one of the following welfare benefits; Universal Credit, Income Support 9IS), Jobseeker's Allowance - JSA(IB), Employment & Support Allowance  ESA(IR) or Pension Credits

N/A

Adult joining the household as partner

Claimant not in receipt of one of the following welfare benefits

If not working; evidence of current income

If working: evidence of all income and payslips covering last 2 months and any other income received.

 Adult joining the household as non-dependant over the age of 18 or 6 or over and not in full time education.

If working: evidence of all income and payslips covering last 2 months.

If not working and not claiming state benefits: a statement of how meeting day-to-day living expenses

Child or young person joining the household.
Child is someone in non-advanced education for whom you get child benefit and is aged below 20.
Young person is someone in non-advanced education for whom you get child benefit and is aged below 20 and for whom you do not get child benefit
  • Birth certificate for new baby
  • Child benefit or further statement/evidence to show main residency of child
  • 16s and over - statement they are in non-advanced education or relevant training (e.g. A levels, sixth form)
  • Three children or more, child tax credit statement
Child or young person leaving full-time non-advanced education N/A
Household member leaving household If claimant has no income, evidence of how they are supporting themselves

 

Evidence for changes to income and capital
 Nature of change Evidence required for housing benefit claim/joint housing benefit and council tax support claim

Start new employment - earnings for claimant/partner

Letter or contract of employment from the employer showing salary and hours worked.

Change to existing employment earnings - claimant/partner

Payslips covering last 2 months.  if this is not available letter or contract of employment from the employer showing salary and hours worked.

End of earnings

Termination of employment letter or equivalent evidence

Change to, or update of, self-employed earnings

Complete self-employed form and simple summary from start of business / date of significant change up to the current date of takings and expenditure (not just tax return).  Or give a forecast of estimated income.
Clear separation of any expense relating to both home and work

Capital, savings and investments

If you are of working age with capital/savings more than £6,000 and less than £16,000: last two months' bank statements from all accounts held; savings books must be made up to date.

If you re of pension age with capital / savings more than £10,000 and less than £16,000: last two months bank statements from all accounts held; savings books must be made up to date.

If you are of pension age and you are in receipt of Pension Guarantee Credit we accept claims with capital over £16,000 and no evidence is required.

Other income changes Documents from the organisation or person paying the income.  Must be clear what it is, and when it started.
Change to student income in advanced education (e.g. university) Student Finance document showing amount of grant/loan, broken down into elements.  Also includes term dates and duration of the course.
Change to non-dependant income

If working 16 hours and more; proofs of all current income
If no income: provide a letter saying how they are managing their living expenses. 

Students - provide exemption certificate.

Change to childcare costs
  • Childminder registration/invoice/agreement, period of child care and cost clearly stating the name of the child(ren) care is being provided for
  • Childcare vouchers - letter/award of vouchers
  • Details if full-time or term-time arrangements
Change to Statutory Sick Pay
  • Letter from employer
  • Pay slips for the period of sickness
  • Expected date due to return to work
Change to Statutory Maternity Pay
  • Letter from employer
  • Pay slips for period of maternity
  • Expected date of birth
  • Expected date due to return to work

 

   

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