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The 'NINO requirement': updated HB/CTB guidance

Issue 217 (August 2010)
Sarah Clarke examines recent guidance and case law relating to the national insurance number (NINO) requirement for housing and council tax benefit (HB and CTB).

Dealing with delays

Issue 217 (August 2010)
Martin Williams considers the tactics available to advisers to combat delays in the administration of benefits and tax credits.

Refugees and benefits

Issue 215 (April 2010)
Mark Willis examines the rights of refugees to claim benefits and the problems that can arise.

2010 Budget highlights

Issue 215 (April 2010)
David Simmons summarises the main changes relating to welfare benefits and tax credits announced in the 2010 budget.These are in addition to the changes already announced in the Pre-Budget Report.

Home sweet home

Issue 215 (April 2010)
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.

Pre-Budget Report 2009

Issue 214 (February 2010)
David Simmons highlights the most significant announcements relating to welfare benefits and tax credits.

Housing costs rules revisited

Issue 214 (February 2010)
Simon Osborne describes the latest version of the rules relating to the 13-week waiting period for housing costs.

ESA claimants and housing benefit

Issue 208 (February 2009)
Judith Paterson looks at changes to housing benefit (HB) and council tax benefit (CTB) applicable amounts for employment and support allowance (ESA) claimants and considers some better-off issues.

The 'local housing allowance' rules

Issue 201 (February 2008)
New housing benefit (HB) rent restriction rules - the 'local housing allowance' (LHA) rules - are due to be introduced nationwide from 7 April 2008. Far from simplifying the HB rules, a new layer of complexity will be added. An additional difficulty is that, until 6 April 2009, there will be two versions of some of the Housing Benefit Regulations 2006 and the Housing Benefit (State Pension Credit) Regulations 2006. Carolyn George sets out the detail.

Housing benefit overpayments – who is liable?

Issue 193 (August 2006)
Simon Osborne describes the bizarrely complex rules regarding from whom a housing benefit overpayment is recoverable, and when appeals can be made.