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Government faces legal challenge to housing benefit cuts

07 March 2011
Child Poverty Action Group has announced today that it has issued urgent proceedings for judicial review of two of the cuts to Housing Benefit for private sector tenants due to come into force in full on 1st April 2011: restriction of maximum household size to four bedrooms and caps on the amount of Housing Benefit a household can receive.

Spending Review – more cuts

Issue 219 (December 2010)
Angela Toal examines the changes to welfare benefits and tax credits announced in the Government’s Spending Review in October 2010.

Making the poor pay: the Budget and benefits

Issue 217 (August 2010)
Simon Osborne examines the changes to benefits and tax credits announced in the June 2010 Budget.

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.