housing benefit

  • Revised Benefit Cap

    Last updated: October 17, 2018
    test case

    R (DS and Others) v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

    CPAG is acting on behalf of two single mothers who are affected by the cap due to their caring responsibilities. One of the claimants has children with significant health needs while the other has previously fled domestic violence.

    The appeal in this case was heard on 17-19 July 2018 by a 7 judge panel of the Supreme Court alongside that of R(DA and Others) v SSWP.  We are waiting for the judgment.

    Our advice to claimants affected by the lower benefit cap is to lodge a housing benefit appeal immediately requesting for it to be stayed behind the Supreme Court decision. You can use our template letter.

     

  • Maximising benefits for rent

    Level: Standard

    training course

    Thousands of tenants each year are evicted by social landlords, usually for rent arrears. Yet large amounts of housing benefit (HB) go unclaimed. With high levels of arrears in universal credit (UC), evictions seem set to be a continuing problem. This practical course is aimed at housing workers and advisers who need to maximise the uptake of housing benefit or the housing costs element of universal credit, and thereby minimise arrears and reduce the threat of eviction.

     

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  • Overpayments of benefit and tax credits

    Level: Standard

    training course

    Benefit may be overpaid for many reasons and recovery often leaves people in hardship. Using practical examples, this course equips you to deal with overpayments by taking a systematic approach to checking and challenging recoverability. It also looks at the different rules and tactics that will apply with the introduction of universal credit.

    The course covers:

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  • The HB family premium: new claims, new problems

    Issue 254 (October 2016)
    article

    Barbara Donegan describes some fine but important details regarding continuing entitlement to the family premium in housing benefit (HB).

  • HB and PC: new temporary absence rules

    Issue 253 (August 2016)
    article

    New rules about temporary absence from Great Britain were introduced from 28 July 2016 for housing benefit (HB) and pension credit (PC). Simon Osborne describes the main points.

  • DHPs – principle and practice

    Issue 250 (February 2016)
    article

    Gwyneth King considers the role of discretionary housing payments (DHPs) in mitigating some of the effects of cuts contained in welfare reform measures.

  • ‘Passporting’ to maximum housing benefit

    Issue 246 (June 2015)
    article

    Simon Osborne reviews the rules under which housing benefit (HB) claimants can be ‘passported’ to maximum HB.

  • Overpayments and official error

    Issue 242 (October 2014)
    article

    Simon Osborne reviews rules on the relationship between benefit overpayment recovery and official error, with reference to some recent decisions from the Upper Tribunal.

  • Bedroom tax

    Level: Standard

    training course
    The controversial ‘bedroom tax’ has seen thousands of the  lowest-income households lose some housing benefit and has been responsible for an alarming rise in rent arrears. This course looks at the benefit issues that the measure throws up one year on with particular reference to an update on the varied legal challenges that have emerged.

    It includes:

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  • Guide to welfare reforms for local authority staff and their partners


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    A (long) plain language guide to welfare reforms for local authority staff and their partners

    A wide reaching programme of welfare reform is underway that will have a significant impact on child poverty levels across local authorities. The scope of the welfare reform programme is broad, and a number of reforms will affect a variety of family types, and for many households, these effects will be cumulative.