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Are you receiving the correct amount of housing benefit?

Dudley Council is launching a campaign to encourage residents who receive housing benefit or council tax reduction to keep the Council up to date with changes that may affect their benefit and avoid penalties for incorrect claims.

The campaign, funded by the Department for Work & Pensions, runs until the end of March and highlights the types of changes to circumstances that can influence the amount of housing benefit or council tax reduction a person receives.

Anyone who receives either of these benefits has a legal responsibility to notify the Council of a change in their circumstances.

Such a change can include, but is not limited to, changes in income or savings for anyone in the household, changes to benefits a person may be receiving, changes in the number of people living in the property, anyone in the household starting or stopping work, a child leaving school, changes in the cost of your rent or a change in pension.

Councillor David Sparks, cabinet member for finance and legal services, said:

“It’s really important you notify the Council of any changes to your circumstances as it could affect the amount you should receive. Any delay in reporting changes may mean you miss out on additional benefits, or you may incur an overpayment which you will then need to pay back.”

For more information, or to report a change in circumstance, you can complete an online form by visiting www.dudley.gov.uk/benefits, call 0300 555 8100, or speak to someone at Dudley Council Plus.

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Notes to editors

The Department for Work & Pensions national campaign is called the Fraud and Error Reduction Incentive Scheme (FERIS) and it offers financial incentives and funding to local authorities to reduce fraud and error in their Housing Benefit caseload. FERIS has been available to local authorities since financial year 2014/15 and has been approved to continue until the end of financial year 2017/18. For more information visit https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/reducing-fraud-and-error-in-housing-benefit-financial-support-for-local-authorities

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