The Guide to Housing Benefit has a strong reputation for clear, impartial and accurate advice and is used by local councils, social landlords, advisers, tribunal members and housing professionals. As part of the new housing costs handbook series it has been written in a refreshing plain English style that makes it easy to use while retaining many of the features of its predecessor that readers will find reassuringly familiar.
This volume also covers the rules for help with mortgage interest and managing rent and mortgage arrears available in jobseeker's allowance, employment and support allowance, income support and pension credit.
This new edition has been fully revised and updated to incorporate all the changes over the past year, including the April 2016 uprating. It provides answers to some of the most frequent problems and issues and explains all the new rules starting from April, including:
- changes arising from the July 2015 Budget and 2015 Autumn Statement, including the demise of the family premium and limited backdating
- the local housing allowance (LHA) national caps and size limits
- the treatment of rent and service charges for all non-LHA claims
- the social sector size criteria ('the bedroom tax') including developments in case law
- the household benefits cap, including exemptions
- the special rules for certain supported housing ('exempt accommodation')
- guidance on the discretionary housing payments scheme
- the changing eligibility rules and case law developments for nationals of the European Nationals and migrants from other non-European states
- the gradual transition and transfer of housing benefit claims to universal credit.
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