From 6th April 2017, Housing Benefit payable in respect of certain families* with children is calculated based on a maximum of two dependent children.
As such, from 6th April 2017, certain families* with 3 or more dependent children may not receive as much in Housing Benefit as they would have done prior, if they make a new claim for Housing Benefit, or have a child born on or after 6th April 2017. This measure largely mirrors changes to Child Tax Credits and Universal Credit from 6th April 2017.
*this rule change to Housing Benefit only affects certain families who are not receiving any of the following DWP benefits:
Income Support, Income Based Jobseekers Allowance, Income Related Employment and Support Allowance, Guaranteed pension Credit