Bolton’s parents are being encouraged to check their benefit entitlement online, ahead of national changes that come into force next month.
From November, child benefit will not be counted when calculating eligibility for housing and council tax benefits.
Hundreds of families in Bolton could gain from this change.
Residents who are on a low income, have savings under £16,000, are unemployed, or not already claiming these benefits, may qualify for help with paying rent and council tax bills.
Payments will not be backdated, so residents are urged to check their entitlement now using the quick and easy to use online benefit calculator (link above). Any claim forms required can also be completed automatically online.
Residents receiving housing or council tax benefit prior to November will automatically have their entitlement reassessed and will be informed of any subsequent changes. Residents are therefore advised not to take any action, unless their circumstances have recently changed.
For people aged over 60, additional help could be available. Any savings of up to £10,000 will not be taken into account, when calculating eligibility for these benefits or for pension credit.
For further information, or to check entitlement status, visit a One Stop Shop, any Bolton area office, or contact the benefit service team’s helpline (details above).