Please use the new, improved and simpler Change in Circumstances form above, telling us online is:
Please note, if you partly completed a change in circumstances form before Thursday 8 October 2015 , you can no longer return to this form to complete it. Please report a new change in circumstances using the replacement form.
We need to know if:
You or your partner, if you have one, start or stop receiving benefits, for example
If the amount of benefit you or your partner receive changes, please note that if you have recently started work and you have already told Jobcentre Plus, you don’t need to tell us as well.
If you have recently started work, you can find out about benefits and other help that may be available on the GOV.UK website
If your or your partner’s, income stops, starts, goes up or goes down. Income includes:
If you or your partner have savings, you need to tell us if
You don’t need to tell us about minor or day to day changes in your current account or any stocks/shares you may hold.
If your household changes, for example:
If your partner dies
You don’t need to tell us if you rent from the council.
Provided you are not already liable for rent elsewhere and the delay is reasonable, ( for example, the home needs to be adapted for someone with a disability) you may be eligible for Housing Benefit for up to 4 weeks before you actually move in.
If you have a rental liability elsewhere and you delay moving into your new home, we will not be able to pay Housing Benefit on your new home before you move in. If you have to give notice on your old home, we may be able to pay Housing Benefit on your previous home, as long as you have moved into your new home.
If you are going to be away from your home temporarily, you must tell us, write to:
Birmingham City Council
Resources Directorate (Revenues and Benefits)
PO Box 5
Birmingham B4 7AB
To get housing benefit when you are away from home temporarily, you must
and you mustn’t be away for more than 13 or 52 weeks, depending on the reason you are away.
We can pay housing benefit for up to 13 weeks if you are:
We can pay Housing Benefit for up to 52 weeks if you are:
*medically approved means that that a medical professional (nurse, doctor) has approved the treatment/convalescence.
Please read the prisoner leaflet if you or a member of your household goes into/comes out of prison.
Advice for prisoners and ex-offenders on Housing and Council Tax Support