Change in circumstances

What you need to tell us about

You will need to let us know if any changes happen with:

  • the people that live in your house
  • the income of anyone in your house
  • your capital

If you are not sure if your change in circumstance will affect your benefits, tell us anyway.

Who lives in your household

You must let us know if:

  • anyone moves into or out of your home, including lodgers and subtenants
  • you have a child
  • any of your children leave school or leave home
  • you or your partner are going to be away from home for four weeks or more
  • someone you live with dies

Where you live

You must let us know if:

  • you move (this includes moving to another flat or room at the same address)
  • your rent changes

Please note: If you are moving to a different council area, you may need to apply for Universal Credit.

Your income

You must let us know if:

  • your income or the income of anyone living with you changes, including getting other benefits, for example, Tax Credits
  • you or your partner's wages go up or down
  • you or anyone living with you starts work

Your capital

You must let us know if:

  • your capital or savings change. We need to know if you have more than £6,000 if you are working age, £10,000 if you are of State Pension Credit Qualifying Age, or if you have more than £16,000 in your bank account or in assets
Page last updated: 30 October 2018
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