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Council Tax support and Housing Benefit: change of circumstances

Council Tax support and Housing Benefit: change of circumstances


Tell us about a change in your circumstances

Please note that this online form is hosted on the City of Lincoln website as the two authorities work together to provide the revenues and benefits service in our area

When you made a claim for Housing Benefit or Council Tax Support (or both), you signed a declaration that said you would let us know in writing about any change of circumstance for you or anyone living with you that could affect your claim.

This explains what you should do if you think there has been a change of circumstance in your home.

We need to know about any change of circumstances 

For example:

  • If you move home

  • If someone moves in or out

  • If your income changes

  • If your rent changes

  • If you qualify for another benefit

  • If you stop getting Income Support or Jobseeker’s Allowance

  • If anyone living in your home has a change of circumstance

This is not a full list. If you are not sure whether to tell us something, just ask us.   

We will need to see proof of any changes

  • A letter from your landlord telling you of a change in your rent or a new tenancy agreement    

  • Your latest payslips  to show the new amount you get as wages   

  • A letter from the Department of Works and Pensions or Inland Revenue showing changes in your allowances or Tax Credits

We also need the same sort of proof of changes for other people who live with you. If you cannot get proof immediately, send the form and any documents you do have now and send any other proofs as soon as you can.

We need original documents, not copies. Either deliver the documents and form by hand, or send them to us. We will return any valuable documents to you by recorded delivery.

You can tell us about a change in your circumstances by completing our online change in circumstances, or by calling us on 01529 414155.

Why you need to report your changes immediately

Any delay in telling us about a change in your circumstances could seriously affect your benefit. If you delay telling us about changes that could reduce your benefit: 

  • You will have to repay any overpaid benefits if you delay or fail to tell us about a change in circumstance 

If you delay telling us about changes that could increase your benefit:

  • Your claim will be updated from the Monday following the date you tell us, not from the date of the change

If you fail to tell us about a change at all, then you could be prosecuted for benefit fraud.

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