Welfare Benefit Cap – April 2013

Housing Benefit From 15 April 2013, a new cap on the total amount of welfare benefits that people of working age can claim will be introduced in stages. The London boroughs of Bromley, Croydon, Enfield and Haringey are to be the first. The cap will then be rolled out...

New LHA Guidance Manual

The Department of Work and Pensions has issued a new Local Housing Allowance Guidance Manual to all local authority staff who deal with housing benefit. After having a quick glance through, it seems there are no major changes except of course to add information about...

LHA Transitional Period

I’ve had a number of calls recently regarding the 9 months transitional period concerning the announced changes to LHA from April 2011. Most enquiries are in relation to a letter from the local authority giving examples and it would seem most examples either...

Direct Payment Guidance

The Department of Work and Pensions (“DWP”) have published housing benefit circular HB/CTB A4/2011 which advises local authority staff on how to make decisions under the new direct payment provisions which commence in April 2011. What’s changing? From 6 April 2011,...