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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.