When you turn 18 you are expected to pay for your own rent and accommodation.
- If you get Job Seeker’s Allowance or Employment and Support Allowance you can apply for Housing Benefit/Universal Credit to go towards or cover the cost of your accommodation.
- If you are in Higher Education, you are expected to apply for grants and loans and use this funding to pay for your term time accommodation and living costs.
- If you are working part-time how much you earn will be considered to see if any contribution towards rent will be required.
If you are receiving Universal Credit, your worker can apply for your rent to be paid from your Universal Credit payment direct to your landlord without it coming to you first. This may help you manage this payment better.
There are some circumstances where the Leaving Care Team will pay towards your accommodation costs including:
- If you need to stay at your residential placement because of complex or Special Educational Needs
- You are at university or a residential Further Education establishment and you need accommodation during the holidays
If you are in Further Education on a part-time course and you pay for your own rent, you may be able to get Housing Benefit payments from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP). Your worker can help you with this.
A ‘Setting Up Home Allowance’
£1400 to buy furniture and appliances for your home.
We will put you in touch with a maintenance person who can give you advice and information you need about your property. This person can also help you make improvements to your property if needed.
What is your responsibility?
To attend the compulsory Money Management Course to learn how to budget (your worker will tell you about this).
You will need to be in education, training or employment before you will be considered for housing.
You will need to show that you can cook, manage your money and keep your home tidy.
Once you have been giving your housing you are responsible for paying your bills and abiding by your tenancy agreement. You will have a Housing Officer who is there to support you during your tenancy so it is important that you keep in touch with them.
What other support is available to me?
You will have a housing officer who will advise and support you to keep your tenancy and with any problems you are experiencing. It is important to keep in contact with them.
There is a Housing Officer in the Leaving Care Team who is here to help too.
Liam O’Sullivan – 02085833192l
If you are struggling to understand anything related to where you are living or having problems paying your rent, bills or council tax speak to your worker or your housing officer straight away. Ignoring any problems will make things worse and you will end up with extra costs. Keep all letters and documents about your housing and bills safe.