Help with Housing Costs: Volume 2 Guide to Housing Benefit 2016/17

Publication date: 2016 Edition: 2016-2017 Format: Paperback, 466 pages Published by: Shelter/CIoH
ISBN: 978-0-9934984-1-1

This volume in Shelter’s Help with Housing Costs series covers the rules for housing benefit and discretionary payments across the UK. Designed to complement volume 1, it is an essential reference tool for anyone working in local councils, registered social landlords, advisers, tribunal members and housing professionals.

With answers to some of the most frequent problems and issues, it explains all the new rules, including: 

  • changes arising from the July 2015 Budget and 2015 Autumn Statement
  • the local housing allowance (LHA) national caps and size limits
  • the treatment of rent and service charges for all non-LHA claims
  • “the bedroom tax” including developments in case law
  • the household benefits caps, including exemptions
  • the special rules for certain supported housing
  • guidance on the discretionary housing payments scheme
  • the changing eligibility rules and case law developments for European nationals and migrants from other non-European states
  • the gradual transition and transfer of housing benefit claims to universal credit
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