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Your benefits are changing

The UK Government is making changes to the way people receive their benefits.

One of those changes includes making money available to councils to help people who find themselves in difficult or exceptional circumstances and may need some extra help with a housing cost or need. This is called Discretionary Housing Payments.

If you are receiving Housing Benefit in Powys but have a shortfall between your benefit and your rent, and you are finding it hard to pay, then you can apply for a Discretionary Housing Payment.

If you are receiving Housing Benefit in Powys and you have a situation where you need help with a one off housing need or cost then you can apply for a Discretionary Housing Payment.

When you apply Powys County Council will look to see if you have some exceptional or difficult circumstances.

They will also check to make sure they can actually make an award towards the need or cost that you are asking for help with.

Through the Discretionary Housing Payment scheme, Powys has supported many people financially through some difficult circumstances until they are able to manage or cope better or receive more long term help from other people or organisations.

If you want to know more or want to apply you can contact the council by:

  • Going to any of the Customer Service Points in Powys
  • Getting more details on this or any of the other benefits changes, by visit our ‘Advice and Benefits’ page on www.powys.gov.uk
  • Calling us on 0845 602 7032
  • Emailing us at benefits@powys.gov.uk

Also any advice agency (such as Citizens Advice or Shelter Cymru or any local Job Centre) or support workers you normally speak to who work in Powys will be able to tell you more or help you fill in the form.