If your circumstances change you must tell us immediately as it can affect how much benefit you are entitled to and result in you being overpaid.
If you are of pensionable age, you must report any changes in your circumstance to the Pension Service.
If you do not tell us about a change within one month from the date the change happened, you may lose out on any increase in benefit that is due.
Remember, you can use the online calculator on our web site for an estimate of how much benefit you may be entitled to based on your new circumstances.
Shown below are some examples of changes we need to know about. Not every example is listed so if you are not sure tell us about the change anyway and give us as much information as possible.
Changes to your Benefits - If you or your partner has started receiving a new benefit or the amount you receive has changed you need to tell us:
A new job - If you have started a new job you need to tell us:
Changes to your capital - If the amount of any savings or investments you hold has changed you need to tell us:
People moving out of your property - When someone leaves you should tell us:
People coming to stay with you - When someone moves into your property you should tell us:
If your change relates to the death of someone within the household please let us know:
Information on the Council Tax and what to do when someone dies.
What should you do if your circumstances have changed?
There are four ways to report a change in circumstances:
Complete our online change in circumstances form.
The Benefit Service, Stafford Borough Council, Civic Centre, Riverside, Stafford, Staffordshire. ST16 3AQ.
What happens next?
If you are going into hospital you should immediately notify the Department of Work and Pensions and the Benefit Service at Stafford Borough Council.
This is important as in most cases your benefit entitlement will have to be reassessed to take account of your new circumstances. Most benefits are reduced during a stay in hospital usually after either four or six weeks.
If you were not claiming any form of benefit prior to entering hospital you may now be entitled to claim.
When you come out of hospital you should notify the Department of Work and Pensions and Stafford Borough Council Benefits Service.
This is important as you will need to have your claim reassessed when you return home. You may also be entitled to other benefits if you have become disabled as a result of your illness.
To find out if the benefit you are claiming is affected by a stay in hospital or if there are any other benefits that you may be entitled to please contact us.