2020-2021: Help with Housing Costs - Volume 2 Guide to Housing Benefit

2020-2021: Help with Housing Costs - Volume 2 Guide to Housing Benefit

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Volume 2 covers all the rules for housing benefit for rent payments across the UK, containing many practical examples and more than 80 useful tables for quick reference.


Now expected back from print in June due to COVID-19 changes being incorporated.

The Guide to Housing Benefit (now published as volume 2 of the housing cost handbook series) has a strong reputation for clear, impartial and accurate advice and is used by local councils, social landlords, advisers, tribunal members, housing professionals and tenants. It is designed to complement volume 1 which covers universal credit, council tax and rate rebates and certain matters common to housing benefit and universal credit, including appeal tribunals and the rules about migrants and recent arrivals.

This new edition of the Guide to Housing Benefit has been fully revised and updated to incorporate all the changes over the past year, including the April 2020 uprating. It provides answers to some of the most frequent problems and issues and explains all the new rules starting from April, including:

  • the basic conditions to qualify for housing benefit
  • how and when a person can make a claim for housing benefit following the national rollout of universal credit full service
  • how and when working age claims are transferred to universal credit
  • what counts as eligible rent or service charges for social rented housing and how the local housing allowance works for private renters
  • the rules about eligible rent for supported housing and temporary accommodation for the homeless
  • the size criteria for all tenancy types including recent case law on the 'bedroom tax'
  • the rules about temporary absence and claims for housing benefit on two homes
  • what happens when your circumstances change and how to appeal
  • how housing benefit is calculated including: the 'applicable amount'; when the two child limit applies; and how income and capital is treated for pension age and working age claims
  • the rules about the benefit cap and exemptions
  • the rules about housing benefit subsidy including temporary accommodation
  • other schemes for help with housing costs including discretionary housing payments
  • all changes and emergency measures brought in as a result of COVID-19.

Get a 20% discount when you order 5 or more copies (discount will be added at point of sale).

P&P is £4 for the first copy, plus £2 for any subsequent copies.

Author Sam Lister and Martin Ward
ISBN 978 1 9993510 3 8
Published June 2020