Will my benefits be affected?
Claimants who opt to receive the monthly £350 ‘thank you’ payment must declare it and it should be recorded on the claimant’s claim. However, as it is a payment of local welfare provision, it is disregarded as both unearned income and capital.
This means the £350 will not be treated as income and so won’t affect benefits you may be claiming.
As the Ukrainian national and their family members, if applicable, are living temporarily with the Sponsor they are not considered to be normally residing with them:
Will I still be bedroom taxed?
There is no change to the number of bedrooms which the claimant is entitled. If you are currently charged for a spare room due to Bedroom Tax, this will not change.
Ukrainians will not attract a non-dependant deduction in Housing Benefit.
Severe Disability Premium
The Sponsor will not lose their entitlement to the Severe Disability Premium.
Council tax discounts will not be affected if you sponsor and host Ukrainian guests in your home.