Information about housing benefit
Wycombe District Council have an online portal where you can check on the progress of your Housing Benefit claim, see what proof is required and what income has been used to calculate your benefits.
Not only can your find out more about your Housing Benefit, but there's a whole range of other useful information you can find - from bin collection dates to information about nearby schools and leisure facilities.
You can find the Wycombe District Council online portal here.
Housing benefit for new tenants
The Government is changing the way they calculate Housing Benefit and the housing element of Universal Credit. This means that if you put in a new claim for Housing Benefit, the amount you receive will be different to what you would have previously received.
By signing a new or renewed tenancy with Red Kite from 1st April 2016 (or 1st April 2017 for supported accommodation tenancies) you should be aware that the amount of Housing Benefit (or the Housing element of your Universal Credit) that you may receive could be restricted, starting on 1st April 2018.
We will be asking all our new tenants to sign and confirm that they understand this. When the amount of Housing Benefit (or the housing element of Universal Credit) they receive is capped to the Local Housing Allowance rate for the household size, they will need to make sure that they can pay the difference between their rent and the amount of benefit that they receive.
For example, if your rent was £100 and your Housing Benefit was capped at £75, you would have to pay the £25 difference when you pay your rent.
If you need help, we're here for you
If you are a new tenant who will need to pay the difference between your housing benefit and your rent, we can help you to do this. From giving you information on job clubs and helping you to draft a CV to improve their income, there are lots of things we can do to help. You can find out more on our Financial support page, or you can talk to our Home budgeting team if you'd like more information.