SOME 3,000 new Kirklees families may become eligible for housing benefit and council tax benefit from November.

They could be included in new methods of calculating the benefits.

From November child benefit will no longer be treated as income, which means that more people on low incomes will qualify for help with housing and council tax benefits.

However, those with savings or capital of £16,000 or more will not qualify.

As a result of the new government rules, Kirklees Revenues and Benefits Service will write to people who claimed benefit in 2009 but did not qualify to inform them of the changes and urge them to apply again.

Letters will also go to tenants of Kirklees Neighbourhood Housing who are known to have children living with them.

Posters on the changes to eligibility will go into doctors’ surgeries and there will also be information flyers sent out with housing benefit letters.

Clr Shabir Pandor, Kirklees Council Cabinet member for Revenues and Benefits, said: “This change in the rules of eligibility could make a real difference to families on low incomes so I would urge them to re-apply if they have been turned down for council tax and housing benefits in the past.”

People who think they might qualify can either ring 01484 414950 or use the online benefit calculator on the Kirklees Council website at