Housing benefit exists to help people pay for accommodation that otherwise they could not afford with the threat of eviction that non-receipt can bring. This year brought new restrictions on backdating and temporary absence and further plans to cut expenditure. However, an estimated 4.6 billion pounds of housing benefit goes unclaimed by over one million households, particularly within the growing numbers of in-work claimants.
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.