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Housing Benefit: Background
Housing Benefit is a means tested benefit paid by Local Authorities to help people on low incomes to meet the cost of rented accommodation.

An award of HB helps the claimant pay the rent for the property occupied by their family. The calculation takes into account the circumstances of the claimant, their partner (if they have one), their dependant children (if they have any) and any 'non-dependants' that live with them.

To claim Housing Benefit:

  •  The claimant (and their partner) must meet the long list of qualifying conditions, eg have joint savings below £16,000, and
  • The claimant (or their partner) must be liable to pay rent on a property.
  •  The claimant must occupy that property as their home.

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Claims and Payments

Who can claim, how to claim, and how is HB paid?

Rent Issues

What counts as rent, special rules for supported housing, moving home, two homes etc etc..

How Much

How much HB will someone get. What counts as income. Special Rules for Tax Credits.

Changes in Circs

How do change affect a HB award such as starting work, having a baby.........

Overpayments

What happens when someone is overpaid HB - how can it be recovered? 

Challenging Decisions

How do you challenge a HB decision and which ones should you challenge?

people from Abroad

Which people from abroad can claim HB? What to do if they are refused.

Situation

Ideas for particular situations to make maximise entitlement and resolve problems.