A New Direct Payment Issue

A New Direct Payment Issue

The Department of Work and Pensions (“DWP”) has issued new guidance to local authority staff for local housing allowance. In the guidance, a new point is raised concerning direct payments to landlords when the tenant is the equivalent of eight weeks or...
Tenant moving from old HB to LHA

Tenant moving from old HB to LHA

As was reported here, we have been working very hard on a case where a tenant ceased claiming housing benefit under the old rules. Then, three weeks later claimed again which in our opinion should have gone onto the new higher LHA rate. However, Cardiff council...
When has a claim been made?

When has a claim been made?

Novitskya v (1) London Borough of Brent (2) Secretary of State for Work and Pensions [2009] 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...
Couple of Interesting Cases

Couple of Interesting Cases

A quick blog entry to let you know of a couple of interesting cases we are currently dealing with. One of them is only potential at the moment. (1) We are now going to appeal on a housing benefit issue where the landlord increased the rent and the tenant was receiving...
Backdating HB Claim

Backdating HB Claim

Regulation 83(12) Housing Benefit Regulations 2006: Backdating A claim made on or after 6 October 2008 can only be backdated for up to six months, rather than the 52 weeks that was possible before that date. Note that the DWP has said, in the explanatory memorandum to...