CHANGES to housing and council tax benefit schemes from April will mean more people could be in line for a cash increase.
A spokesman for Kirklees Council's revenues and benefits service said the benefit scheme was up-rated by the Government each year to take account of inflation and rises in benefits and pensions.
He said: "This year, after 18 years of no change, they have also doubled the amount of savings that people under 60 can hold before it affects the amount of housing and council tax benefit we can pay out."
The rule change means that more under-60s with a low income and limited savings will qualify for help with rent and council tax bills.
Council staff believe that those who could benefit most are people with limited savings who have stopped work before retirement age and those in low-paid work.
The new rules also mean that more of these people will also be entitled to Income Support and Job Seekers Allowance where eligible.
The spokesman said: "The change will affect those households of working age with savings between £3,000 and £16,000.
"We will automatically recalculate the benefit of those who currently receive some assistance with their rent or council tax.
"However, anyone who thinks their circumstances could mean they will now qualify should contact us to make a new claim as soon as possible."
The revenues and benefits service has set up a hotline to answer customer inquiries on 01484 414264.