Nil Income Declarations for Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit

26 Jun

Just a very short one to share with you this useful resource.  One especially pernicious aspect of welfare ‘reform’ is that if you are wrongly found fit for work (and are therefore in the Catch 22 position of having ESA stopped but being unable to claim JSA without being immediately sanctioned because you are too ill to look for work) there is the added worry of what will happen to your Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit.  Additionally, Lord Freud, the Tory horror whose latest ruse is to try and bully councils who are helping those hit by the bedroom tax by reclassifying rooms as non specific by threatening to withhold their funding, is pushing through with the ‘mandatory reconsideration period’ from October next year (for full details of this despicable and Kafkaesque policy, read Johnny Void’s superb piece here.  This means that many people will be stuck between a rock and a hard place and end up with no income at all.  That is terrifying, and shameful, and disgusting.  However, you CAN still receive HB and CTB on a ‘no other income’ basis.  I know this doesn’t mitigate against having nothing to live on, but it is at least one safeguard in terms of not having to worry about losing your home.  Should you need to do this, here is the form – with thanks to MSC Legal Services and Fightback

Nil income declaration

Take courage.  Love and Solidarity.

Michelle and Laurie x

2 Responses to “Nil Income Declarations for Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit”

  1. Joe February 3, 2014 at 4:16 pm #

    I have shared this on the Benefit Claimants Fight Back facebook page.

    I hope you don’t mind. All the best, Joe.

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