housing benefit

  • Disability and discrimination: the Court of Appeal upholds the rights of disabled people

    Issue 228 (June 2012)
    article

    This article is an update on ‘Disability and discrimination: a case for special treatment' in Bulletin 226. That article discussed the arguments put forward in the case of Burnip v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions. In this article we consider the Court of Appeal’s decision in Burnip and the joined cases of Trengove and Gorry.

  • DWP drops Supreme Court appeal over disabled children ‘bedroom tax’

    12 March 2013
    news

    The DWP has dropped its appeal on the 'Gorry' case, for which CPAG provided legal representation, and has today told local authorities to allow an extra bedroom for children who are unable to share because of their severe disabilities. This applies to both housing benefit and to the 'bedroom tax'. 

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  • Family finances hit by £2.3 billion bombshell in April

    April 1, 2013
    press release

    Low income households will have their family finances hit by multiple cuts this month. The main cuts are:

    1. Bedroom Tax (housing benefit penalties for excess rooms in social sector) - £490m
    2. Council tax benefit localised and devolved budgets cut by 10% - £485m
    3. Local housing allowance annual uprate at CPI (instead of RPI) - £90m
    4. Benefit cap introduced - £290m
    5. Tax credit disregard for in-year increases reduced to £5,000 - £455m
    6. Working age benefits and tax credits: uprating capped at 1% - £505m

    Total losses - £2,315m

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  • Government faces legal challenge to housing benefit cuts

    March 7, 2011
    press release

    Child Poverty Action Group has announced today that it has issued urgent proceedings for judicial review of two of the cuts to Housing Benefit for private sector tenants due to come into force in full on 1st April 2011:

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  • Government loses disability benefit case in Appeal Court

    May 15, 2012
    press release

    In a unanimous ruling, the Court of Appeal has held that the size criteria in the housing benefit regulations discriminate against disabled people, because they do not allow for an additional room to be paid for where a disabled person has a carer, or where two children cannot share a room because of disability.

    In his judgment, Mr Justice Henderson concludes:

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  • Help us monitor the real impacts of welfare reform in London

    28 May 2013
    news

    CPAG has launched a new online tool for advisers to tell us about the effects of benefit changes in London. We need your help to show the real impact of welfare reform on families.

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  • Help with Housing Costs Volume 2: Guide to Housing Benefit 2015/16


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    Helping with Housing Costs

    Price £39.99   ISBN 978-1-905018-97-0   

  • Home sweet home

    Issue 215 (April 2010)
    article

    David Simmons examines a recent First-tier Tribunal decision which looked at the issue of housing benefit (HB) entitlement for a long stay hospital patient who only returned to his normal home for occasional visits.

  • Housing benefit challenge rejected

    Issue 225 (December 2011)
    article

    Sarah Clarke explains the options for claimants who are affected by the April 2011 changes to the housing benefit (HB) scheme it the light of the Court’s decision in CPAG v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions [2011] EWHC 2616 (Admin).

  • Housing benefit overpayments – who is liable?

    Issue 193 (August 2006)
    article

    Simon Osborne describes the bizarrely complex rules regarding from whom a housing benefit overpayment is recoverable, and when appeals can be made.