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Two very important changes
Capital limit increases
New regulations increase the £6,000 lower capital starting level for people 60 and over on Housing and Council Tax Benefit and Pension Credit will increase to £10,000 before it is counted as capital.
In Housing and Council Tax Benefit any Child Benefit in payment is to be fully disregarded as income for the purposes of calculating income other than earnings.
To say the above will allow many people previously not entitled to Housing and Council Tax Benefit in the past to only now become entitled is an understatement.
New Carers Allowance Unit
If you need to contact the Carers Allowance Unit in Preston the number 01253 856 123 has been changed to 0845 608 4321, you should expect to wait a bit longer to be answered. This change was made on Monday 2nd November without any warning.