housing benefit

  • Revised Benefit Cap

    Last updated: May 15, 2019
    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.  Judgment was given on 15 May 2019 finding that cap did not unlawfully discriminate against lone parents with children under 5 and their children. Read our press release.

  • 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.

    The course covers:

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  • Maximising benefits for rent

    Level: Standard

    training course

    Thousands of tenants each year are evicted by social landlords, usually for rent arrears. Arrears are a growing problem as more people move from housing benefit to universal credit. This practical course is aimed at housing workers and advisers who need to understand how to manage universal credit to minimise arrears and reduce the threat of eviction and how to maximise the take-up of housing benefit for the many tenants still eligible.

     The course covers:

     • Claims process, information and evidence for UC housing costs element and HB

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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.

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


    page

    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.

  • 'Bedroom tax' - exemptions and legal challenges

    Issue 233 (April 2013)
    article

    In Bulletin 232, we examined the rules restricting the housing benefit (HB) entitlement of social sector tenants who are deemed to have excess bedrooms. Since then two new exemptions have been announced, the government has dropped its appeal against a CPAG test case in the Supreme Court and a number of judicial review challenges have been launched. Mike Spencer explores these developments.