Novitskya v (1) London Borough of Brent (2) Secretary of State for Work and Pensions  EWCA Civ 1260
Prior to March 6, 2006, claims for housing benefit were governed by the Housing Benefit (General) Regulations 1987 (S.I. 1987/1971). Regulation 72(1) required a claim for housing benefit to be made in writing and on a form approved for that purpose or such other form as may be accepted as sufficient in the circumstances of any particular case.
The claimant submitted a statement in which she asked for “benefits income support or whatever else I am [entitled] to, to be backdated…” The first respondent declined to award her housing benefit, as the statement did not make any express reference to housing benefit and could not be considered to be a claim. The Deputy Commissioner ... Please login or signup to continue reading this content