Help with Housing Costs: Volume 1 Guide to Universal Credit and Council Tax Rebates 2017/18

Publication date: 2017 Edition: 2017-2018 Format: Paperback, 356 pages Published by: Shelter/CIH
ISBN: 978 0 9934984 3 5

This edition published in June 2017

Part of Shelter’s popular Help with Housing Costs series, this volume sets out the qualifying conditions for entitlement to universal credit and provides a detailed explanation of the rules that relate to the housing costs element for homeowners and tenants of private and social landlords.

It describes fully:

■ the rules about waiting days for universal credit
■ basic eligibility conditions for universal credit and council tax rebates
■ eligible rent for private tenants
■ the size criteria rules for social housing and private sector tenants
■ eligible rent and service charges for social housing tenants
■ eligible mortgage costs for unemployed homeowners
■ how and when payments are made – including when the housing costs element of universal credit can be paid direct to the landlord
■ how to appeal against a decision about universal credit or a council tax rebate
■ differences in the council tax rebate schemes in England, Scotland and Wales
■ how local councils in England and Wales can set their own council tax rebate scheme rules

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