Changes have been made to the way benefit payments are paid as of 1 January 2012.

The government has changed the rules that apply to most single people aged between 25 and 35, who do not have children, live in self-contained accommodation and rent from a private landlord.

The new rules mean that the maximum amount of benefit someone in this group can apply for will be that for a shared room, about £78 per week. More information on these changes is available on the council website.