housing benefit

  • '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.

  • Welfare reform in 2013

    Issue 233 (April 2013)
    article

    2013 is a landmark year in welfare reform. Simon Osborne outlines the main changes.

  • Gorry v DWP: Housing Benefit size criteria and severely disabled children

    Last updated: March 12, 2013
    test case

    This case establishes that the size criteria used to determine housing benefit discriminate unlawfully against disabled children who cannot share a room because of their disability.  The case also benefits disabled children affected by the "bedroom tax".

  • HB deductions for under-occupying social housing

    Issue 232 (February 2013)
    article

    David Simmons examines new rules which restrict the housing benefit (HB) entitlement of social housing tenants with excess bedrooms.

    Note: this article was edited on 21/03/2013 to correct an error- see note at end of article.

  • Payments for supported accommodation under universal credit

    Issue 231 (December 2012)
    article

    David Simmons considers how payments for supported accommodation will be met after the introduction of universal credit, in the light of recent government announcements.

  • Welfare reform – early impacts

    Issue 231 (December 2012)
    article

    Kate Bell looks gives an overview of what early research has uncovered about the future impact of welfare reform.

  • Housing benefit - the problem areas

    Level: Standard

    training course

    Housing benefit is there to help with rent and avoid eviction, including for the growing number of people in low-paid work. Yet over four billion pounds of housing benefit goes unclaimed by over one million households. With the roll out of universal credit not due to complete until 2022, housing benefit remains as important as ever.

    This one-day course looks in detail at a number of common areas of dispute that housing benefit claimants may face and how they can be resolved to ensure maximum entitlement is received.

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  • Oxford City Council v Basey - Court of Appeal – meaning of “sheltered” accommodation

    Last updated: February 16, 2012
    test case

    This case is about what “sheltered” accommodation means for the purposes of the housing benefit regulations.

  • R(CPAG) v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions – Housing benefit challenge

    Last updated: February 13, 2012
    test case

    In March 2011, CPAG brought a legal challenge of two of the cuts to Housing Benefit for private sector tenants due to come into force in full on 1st April 2011.

  • Spending Review – more cuts

    Issue 219 (December 2010)
    article

    Angela Toal examines the changes to welfare benefits and tax credits announced in the Government’s Spending Review in October 2010.